I just want to warn you about this story. It’s not new. In fact, it goes back about eight years. But that does nothing to diminish the notability of Peter Gilbert and his 1989 million-mile Saab. He treated himself to a new sports car and drove it for the next seventeen years. He even smacked a deer with the car. That didn’t stop him. He replaced the transmission at 200k, but most of the parts are factory original. Which is amazing. In fact, the engine wasn’t even rebuilt. It did have some severe rust damage over the year, and eventually he donated it to a museum for display.
He was hoping to get a new car from SAAB, but ended up getting jack. It’s not every day that someone becomes a driving advertisement for your car company. I feel GM could have done more for him. That changes nothing about how amazing his achievement is. Hats off to you, Mr. Gilbert.
Update: According to High Mile Club reader Paolo, Peter did get a new Saab from GM. In 2007 he got a 9-5 Sportcombi. How ’bout them apples. That’s good to hear.