Irv Gordon, The Legend

I had to talk about him sooner or later. You can’t avoid the name Irv Gordon when talking about people and high mile cars. He is the undisputed king of keeping your ride going. You see, way back in 1966, he bought himself a brand new Volvo P1800 coupe. He then proceeded to do what no one else has ever managed. He drove it three million miles. Yes. Three million. He achieved that milestone in September of last year. He is in the Guinness Book of World Records for that, and I doubt anybody will ever come close to challenging him.  You could write a series of books about his adventures. I can’t really say anything else that hasn’t been said, but if you search for him on google, you’ll find some amazing stuff. Basically, he is the reason I started this blog. I think the best place to learn about Irv and his journey is here.

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  1. Jason,

    Also wanted to offer my $.02 worth here. I have met Irv several times through my involvement in Volvo-related events. Every time we have talked, he has been more than happy to update me and everyone else on the progress of the P1800 and how many miles it’s done since the last time we all met. He’s since become a good friend of mine.

    He related this story to me and to several other media outlets: He bought the Volvo on a Friday night back in 1966, and loved driving it to the point that he brought it back to his local dealership the following Monday morning for its 1,500-mile checkup.

    Irv has rebuilt the engine just twice. Once at 680,000 miles in 1978, and the second time in 2009, when it had approximately 2.6 million. I spoke to the mechanic who rebuilt the engine the second time (also a friend of mine) – he said that the engine had very little internal wear, due to the fact that Irv changes the oil every 3,000 miles whether it needs it or not.

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