Little red Volvo clocks up three million miles

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Little red Volvo clocks up three million miles

The Labour Party introduced the vehicle scrappage scheme back in 2009 in a bid to rid Britain's roads of clapped-out, polluting vehicles and ensure modern, economical motors kept the glaciers safe for a few more years.

Said scheme obviously didn't catch on in New York as one proud Volvo P1800 owner has clocked up an astonishing (and record-breaking) three million miles during his 47-year ownership.

Irv Gordon of Long Island, New York has been officially recognised by the Swedish manufacturer as being the only individual to amass such mileage in the company's 100 years of car manufacturing.

Car lover Irv has been clocking up nearly 64,000 miles a year in the cherry red Volvo, taking his little sports car on numerous road trips to various car shows around America.

"The best way to explore America is by car," Irv told the Daily star.

"I challenge everyone to go out and see as much as possible. Find your own journey and reason to believe because you only have one life to live.

"No matter how many roads I've been on, there's always one I haven't taken. That's what makes it exciting."

Irv also revealed that he doesn't plan to give up the driving over the next few years. "Not much will change. But whether I drive four million miles is more up to me than it is the car.

"The car may be able to take it, but I'm not so sure about me."

The Volvo P1800 was the Swedish manufacturer's attempt at adding a feisty sports car to its model line-up after the disastrous failing of its previous attempt, the P1900.

It boasted a 1.8 litre engine that produced around 100bhp but achieved cult status not because of its blistering performance figures but because Roger Moore famously piloted a 1962 P1800 in the popular TV series The Saint.