Kings of longevity: 10+1 cars that left the very back of the million miles

When a car has over 200,000 miles tend to view it as a car to be spent, with a mechanical potentially exhausted and prone to failures. We get away from them in the second-hand market, knowing that with a good treatment and a maintenance scrupulous they may be in better condition than a car with half its mileage. The 10 cars that we collect in this special laugh of those 200.000 kilometers: some of them have been made annually. Are the true kings of the longevity auto.

Maintaining scrupulous, simplicity of mechanics and a treatment of gentle. The necessary ingredients, along with a bit of luck.

We have collected a selection of cars whose mileage has been documented. We have not included commercial vehicles for practical reasons – they play in other leagues annual mileage – and we only collect well documented cases. If you think that we have ignored any distance runner of the automobile world, we ask you to leave us a comment, expanding on the information in this article. Without further delay, let’s see what cars left in ridicule to the planned obsolescence and the myths of the bar on longevity car.

1) Volvo P1800 (1966): more than 4.8 million kilometers

A retired teacher from Long Island is the owner of a beautiful Volvo P1800 of the 1966. A true addicted to roadtrips, you bought the car new in 1966, and he continues to put thousands and thousands of miles per year. The car has exceeded 3 million miles in 2013, and although his engine 1.8 100 HP, has been rebuilt three times, it retains its body-original, its axes, and its gearbox. The secret there has been another treatment a gentile and a maintenance scrupulous to the extreme, using the shop manual of the car.


2) Mercedes 200D W115 (1971): 4.6 million kilometers

Another usual motor. Years ago we talked to you about this long-lived Mercedes 200D, box W115. For 30 years, uninterrupted, was operating as a taxi in Athens. Its owner – a taxi driver named Gregorios Sachinidis – bought the other two engines and was going to be rotating, with the aim that the car never be stopped. After 11 rotations, and 4.6 million kilometers without any problem, Daimler bought him a taxi and gave him a Mercedes C 200 CDI package. Something tells me that will not reach the 4.6 million new.


3) Volkswagen Beetle (1963): 2.6 million kilometers

Some stories are simple compliments to the persistence of the owners, their expertise is mechanical and your careful driving. Albert Klein was its owner for 30 years, until the car was donated in 1993 to a museum. He had completed a whopping 2.6 million kilometers. In 1987, according to an article in the L. A. Times, the car accumulated 1.6 million km, with an expenditure on maintenance of $ 38,000. Had “eaten” the whopping seven engines, three gearboxes, 150 tires and around 125,000 litres of petrol.


4) Lincoln Town Car (1983): 2.1 million kilometers

Chet Belisle is a retiree who lives in Kansas. In 1983, he purchased a Lincoln Town Car, and until a few years ago, racked up on your odometer at anything less than 2.1 million miles. Despite being built in a dark age for the american car, the car has only required one engine rebuild and a rebuild of the transmission. The retiree has benefited equally from the lifetime warranty on many of their pieces. Another important detail is to a trusted mechanic who knows the car perfectly.


5) Mercedes 250 SE (1966): 2.06 million kilometers

This Mercedes was originally purchased in 1966, and when its original owner died in 1992, had accumulated one million miles in his bowels. His family picked up the baton from its original owner, and continued using the car until about 10 years later, Ben Clopot what you purchased. What has followed in using, navigating around 70,000 km per year in a daily use in the heavy traffic of Los Angeles. Although it has been rebuilt the engine four times, the car has a mechanical condition enviable and has received several awards from Mercedes.


6) Mercedes 200D W124 (1988): 1.9 million kilometers

In the Mercedes Museum in Stuttgart is exposed to a Mercedes 200D W124, used as a taxi in Porto for 14 years. A testament to the legendary reliability of Mercedes of the 70’s and 80’s, cars are indestructible, made to last for decades of abuse and plenty of mileage. This vehicle is special in the sense that its engine never suffered damage, or had to be rebuilt. In its 1.9 million kilometers, was always maintained in official services Mercedes, and the brand retains all of its maintenance records.


7) Pick-ups american with more than a million miles (1.6 million kilometers)

There is a multitude of history of pick-ups from american origin with more than a million miles on its odometer. The stories are similar and have as their protagonists various Chevrolet Silverado and a Dodge RAM with a diesel engine Cummins. Perhaps the most impressive is the a Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD in the year 2006, that in only 7 years he accumulated 1.7 million kilometers, all of them carrying heavy motorhomes up to 12 metres of length, end-to-end US Maintenance scrupulous and simplicity of mechanism is the key.

8) Saab 900 SPG (1989): 1.6 million kilometers

Many of the cars in this list are not performance, nor do they have high-performance engines. The case of this Saab 900 SPG is exceptional. Equipped with an engine 2.0 turbo with a power of 175 HP – was the same engine that the 900 Turbo Aero in europe – in 17 years came to travel nearly 1.6 million kilometers. The car needs three head gaskets, but your turbo endured until the end and no engine or gearbox needed rebuilding. Only the body succumbed to the winters of Wisconsin. The car is in a museum in the U.S. currently.


9) BMW 325i E30 Mobil 1 (1989): 1.6 million kilometers

In 1990, Mobil 1 carried out an experiment with the purpose of testing the quality of their new synthetic oils. Bought a BMW 325i E30, and put it up to a dynamometer, making it roll to about 130 km/h during 4 years: the equivalent of one million miles, approximately 1.6 million kilometers. Only stopped to do the routine maintenance of the car. at The end opened of the propellant and saw that the tolerances of the engine just had varied. They say that this maneuver convinced BMW to equip Mobil 1 oil from the factory.


10) Porsche 356 C (1964): 1.6 million kilometers

The father of Guy Newmark purchased a Porsche 356 C in 1964, and since then has been in the same family. This small, classic european 75 HP has needed only two reconstructions of motor, and in 2013 had served 1.6 million kilometers. Newmark still has the 356, possibly with more than a million miles on its odometer. Interestingly, in 2013 the car was stolen by teenagers that they couldn’t even start it. To the days he had recovered and is still conducting it on a daily basis. A true story of love.

10+1) Lamborghini 400 GT (1967): 453.000 km

agree, do not reach a million miles, but he deserved to be in the list. it Is praiseworthy that this Italian classic has reached almost half a million kilometers. For a number of reasons. In the first place, the reliability of these cars, especially in regard to their delicate electrical systems. In the second place, by be cars that many owners opt to just use, while still retaining a larger portion of its economic value. An Italian classic of the 60’s with more than 453.000 km deserves to be on this list.

v12-toro-400-gtSource: High Mileage Club | 9tro | Popular Mechanics