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1966 Volvo reaches 3 million mile recordBack

Volvo P1800A 1966 Volvo P1800 has managed to record a world record 3 million miles on its clock.

The 1966 Volvo has claimed a place in the Guinness Book of World Records thanks to its trusty owner retired teacher Irvin Gordon from Long Island in New York who has managed to drive three million miles in this highly reliable Volvo P1800S.

The infamous red car was bought more than 47 years ago for just $4,150 which is the equivalent of £2,500 and it has been driven ever since.

The owner, Mr Gordon has been in the Guinness Book of Records already for having the highest mileage on a vehicle.

Mr Gordon said: “The day I first bought the car I picked it up on a Friday night and started driving around town and showing it off to all of my friends and local pubs and wherever else.
Before I knew it, I was up in New Jersey and up in Connecticut and went back to my college in Massachusetts.”

It took Mr Gordon 21 years to reach his first million miles, and a further 15 years to reach the two million milestone, averaging between 85,000 and 100,000 miles per year.

This month Volvo is celebrating further success thanks to its new self-parking car which enables a driver to park their car using their mobile phone app!

The technology works such that the driver just drops off the car at the entrance to the car park and picks it up from the same place later on. The “autonomous parking” feature combines sensors and cameras with a system that activates the steering, brakes and other controls to guide the car into an available space.

Thomas Broberg, Senior Safety Advisor Volvo Car Group, said: “Autonomous Parking is a concept technology that relieves the driver of the time-consuming task of finding a vacant parking space. The driver just drops the vehicle off at the entrance to the car park and picks it up in the same place later.”

Volvo says the technology could be available for the new XC90, which is due on sale in late 2014.

 

Posted by Leana Kell on 24/09/2013