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I think I’m pretty good at catching the high-mile stories. In fact I’m actually terrible at it. All of 2016 went by and I completely missed this story of Victor Sheppard and his amazing 2007 Toyota Tundra. A Tundra he put a million freaking miles on and then got to exchange for a brand-new Toyota. I’m sure the engineers wanted access to that amazing tundra. It still had the original engine, transmission and paint job. Amazing!  According to the press release, he drove 125,000 miles a year in that Tundra. Wow, my butt is sore just thinking about all those driving hours.

Mr. Sheppard, we here at HMC salute you. You’ve done what few people could. Drive a vehicle a million miles. And for that, I’m adding you to the hall of fame. Your truck will be in nineteenth place.  I’m still trying to figure out what his final odometer reading was. If I can figure it out, I’ll just round it to the final million.

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Petrolicious is at it again. You may remember the last time they featured a high-mile classic car, the Porsche 356.  That car was close to a million miles, which launched it right into our hall of fame page. This story, however, is a little different.

This Lamborgini 400FT 2+2 in this  video is simply stunning. It’s not quite at 300,000 miles, and I need to clarify that is really just a drop in the bucket when talking about high-mile cars, but this is a Lambo here, and 300,000 in any grand tourer exotic sports car with a V12 engine is going to be pretty rare. In fact, as owner Jack Riddell mentions in the video, most people are putting these in garages to keep them safe. Not drive them thousands of miles a year.

Some of the interesting tidbits I took away from the video were that Jack bought the car at 23,000 miles in 1972 and put on the remainder himself. He has also been driving it for thirty four years. I really like it when he says that a car gets better when you drive it a lot. It keeps the engine clean and it prevents the spark plugs from getting messed up. Jack mentions that if his car could talk it would say, “Drive me!”  Isn’t that what high-mile driving is all about?  I’m very delighted that Petrolicious was able to find Jack and interview him.

 

 

For those who wonder what exactly happens to an engine that has over 250,000 miles on it, David Tracy over at Jalopnik has a great video overview of his 1992 Jeep Cherokee XJ’s engine. Three of the engine mount bolts that kept his engine mount to the car broke off and caused the motor to do a little dance in the engine bay. He pulled the engine out to get to the bolts, but ended up taking it apart just to see what condition it was in. Turns out Jeep makes great engine that lasts a long time. Head on over to read the article and check out the video.