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What is that news story about a car making Guinness Book of World Records?

volvo_irvgordon63optYes, you heard right! A car did make the Guinness Book of World records for the highest mileage ever driven by a single owner in a non-commercial vehicle—and it is a 1966 Volvo P1800 Coupe Volvo! Owner Irv Gordon of New York drove his car nearly three million miles—imagine that! He drove the car throughout the U.S. and Canada; and through England, Sweden, Denmark, Germany and Holland. He is a retired science teacher who is still driving his Volvo today. He also earned the Guinness Record in 1998 when he reached 1.69 million miles.

What does Mr. Gordon attribute the car’s longevity to? He said, “I treat my car with love. I maintain it and clean it regularly, and I always use genuine Volvo parts during servicing.” This is something I’ve written about in the past month—using genuine parts and getting service according to the recommended schedule. This is the ultimate example of the payoff in taking great care of a car and using genuine parts.

Jaffarian Volvo is proud to be the oldest and original Volvo dealer in New England and we’ve been named Volvo Dealer of the Year in Massachusetts for the past two years as earned by customer satisfaction ratings. We’re also proud to represent a line of vehicles that are top-rated for safety and for longevity. Our Volvo Service Department ranks among the top 15% in the nation.

Volvo refurbishedIn our Volvo showroom, we have the same car as Irv Gordon, a gold P1800 (pictured here), beautifully restored in the Jaffarian Body Shop by my brother and Body Shop Manager, Mark Jaffarian. We also have four more classic and antique Volvos in our Body Shop that will be on display on Saturday, October 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the Jaffarian Fall Family Festival, celebrating our 75th anniversary.

To keep your Volvo (or any vehicle) running smoothly, schedule an appointment with Jaffarian Volvo Service Department, and know that you will only get genuine parts. Who knows, maybe sometime in the future, your own Volvo will break the Guinness Book of World Records!

By the way, someone asked Mr. Gordon what he would sell his car for. His answer— he would—for $1 per mile driven! Any offers?

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  1. December 14, 2013 at 6:49 AM

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    • January 5, 2014 at 9:45 PM

      Thanks. I’m happy you find our web site and though you are into classic muscle cars and Ford Mustangs, we offer a lot of great tips for winter driving, buying vs. leasing, etc.–lot of helpful blogs that cross over to all vehicles.

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