Selden Cooper and his million-mile Volvo 240 - image: VolvoEnlarge Photo
Irv Gordon is perhaps the best known Volvo owner on the planet, having racked up nearly three million miles
on his 1966 Volvo P1800
over his four and a half decades of ownership. That’s earned him notoriety and a place in the Guinness Book of World Records, but he’s by no means Volvo’s only high-mileage customer.
In fact, the automaker maintains a list of customers who’ve reached the million-mile mark in their Volvos, and it’s just added another name to the roster. On Saturday, Selden Cooper brought his 1987 Volvo 240 sedan to his local dealership, crossing the million-mile barrier in the process.
Racking up a million miles in 25 years may seem like an impossible feat to many, but Cooper piled on the miles commuting from Maryland to Philadelphia, Washington, DC and New Jersey. The Volvo’s seen plenty of road trips, too, ranging from Nova Scotia (at 700,000 miles on the odometer) to multiple runs to the Florida Keys.
Despite the car’s high mileage, Cooper has never been afraid to drive the car. In his words, “I’ve never had any trepidation about taking my Volvo
on long trips,” thanks in part to the near-fanatical maintenance schedule he’s maintained over the years.
Following the Volvo’s service schedule to the letter has been the key to Cooper’s success with the car. It’s not clear if any major components (like the engine or transmission) have been replaced, but we’re fairly certain they’ve been rebuilt a time or two.
Cooper has no plans to trade the car in on a new model any time soon. “It does everything I want, and it does it very reliably,” Volvo’s newest million-miler is on record as saying, “It’s my absolute pleasure to drive it.”
Besides, we’re sure the car has long been paid off, and there's a lot to be said for not having a monthly car payment.