Irv Gordon, a New York schoolteacher who turned world well-known for driving his 1966 Volvo 1800 S over three million miles, died on Thursday at age 78.
The Lengthy Islander was touring in China on the time of his loss of life.
Gordon has been a cult hero amongst Volvo followers for many years, having set the world report for many miles pushed by a automotive’s unique proprietor in 1998 when his crimson coupe broke the 1.69 million-mile mark, because of his 125-mile every day commute and frequent street journeys.
The odometer hit 2 million in 2002, after which three million whereas he was driving by means of Alaska in 2013. Gordon took the automotive to all 49 of the continental United States and throughout Europe, however by no means made it to Hawaii.
Gordon religiously maintained the automotive and solely had the engine rebuilt twice, the final time in 2011. It had over three.four million miles on it when he confirmed up on the Volvo Membership of America annual meet in Vermont this previous September, based on Hemmings.
(UPDATE: Gordon’s consultant mentioned that the milage was three,260,257 as of October.)
In his later years, Gordon repeatedly teamed up with Volvo for occasions and have become a promotional accomplice of Castrol oil, which he mentioned was the one model he’d ever used.
Gordon as soon as advised the New York Publish that he supplied to promote the automotive again to Volvo for $1 per mile, however they did not take him up on it.
Gordon’s public relations consultant mentioned that he’s survived by two daughters and a granddaughter.
One among his daughters, Danielle, posted to Fb from her dwelling in Argentina that he’d messaged her the night time earlier than his loss of life and mentioned he was having the time of his life.
She added that she wasn’t very concerned in his everyday life, nonetheless, and was asking his pals for assist in discovering a lawyer to take care of his authorized affairs.