Million Mile Cars

What does it take to get a car to the Million Mile Mark? A few brave souls have made the mark a few times over. One Volvo owner coaxed his beloved car over 3 million miles! It’s pretty amazing what regular maintenance and a strong passion and love for your car will do! Here’s the list:

1. Peter Gilbert’s 1989 Saab SPG

Peter is a Wisconsin salesman who has put way more than a million miles on his meticulously maintained 1989 SPG than someone living in harsh Wisconsin winters would have thought possible.

2. Guy Newmark’s 1964 Porsche 356

Porsche-356-e1430319818385Here’s a car that’s not quite to the million mile mark, but for all intents and purposes, needs to be included in this list. “Blue” clocks in at way over 800,000 miles. We’re not sure anyone loves their car as much as Guy loves his Blue. This gorgeous Porsche made such a stir in the automotive world that Petrolicious did a full-blown YouTube feature on the car and its owner back in 2013.

However, just a few months later, Blue was stolen from Guy’s San Pedro, Calif., home. Guy was crushed, as you can imagine. Fortunately the car was recovered with only minor damage not long thereafter, and Guy has since returned to daily driving this seemingly indestructible work of art/machinery.

3. Irv Gordon’s 1966 Volvo P1800s

1966-Volvo-P1800S-e1430320772768Irv Gordon spent an entire year’s salary on this gorgeous Volvo back in 1966 and has racked up more than 3 million miles on it since then! This car and its owner were awarded a Guinness World Record for “highest vehicle mileage” in May 2014. As far as we can tell Irv is still behind the wheel of this beauty, gunning for the 4 million mile mark! Whoa!

Is it just us or do these cars look so much better than a car with a million miles should look?We, as an automotive group, are always stressing the importance of regular maintenance and if this article doesn’t make you a believer, we don’t know what will! Guy, the owner of “Blue” the Porsche, said he takes his car in for oil changes every 3,000 miles without fail.

If you’re curious about what other cars made the million mile list, click  HERE.

Centenarian Sets Rare Service Example

Photo credit: Mike Cardew / Akron Beacon Journal

At an age when many of us might consider giving up driving, if we hadn’t already, a 102 year old philanthropist is not only taking road trips but doing some of her own maintenance. Yes, her maintenance. Margaret Dunning is known in historical circles as a philanthropist whose generosity has largely benefitted the Plymouth (Michigan) Historical Society. But the automotive world knows her for her gorgeously renovated classic cars, especially a 1930 Packard 740 Roadster she’s owned for 63 years.

Not only owned but, serviced! Dunning says she changes her own oil every 3,000 miles, and even swaps out spark plugs when necessary. When in need of additional expertise she turns to a select group of people including a 90-year old friend who she says works “magic”.

The Packard is one of several classic vehicles in Dunning’s garage that she regularly drives to car shows. She told the Akron Beacon Journal she’s loved cars since she started driving at the age of 8. Her driver’s license followed four years later. Henry Ford’s family lived just a couple miles away and, at one point, Dunning even worked in a Ford plant. And while she takes great pride in her Packard, Margaret Dunning doesn’t see a whole lot to crow about in her abilities under the hood. Working on her cars, it would appear, comes naturally. “I love the smell of gasoline,” she says. “It runs in my veins.”

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