The owner of a 1966 Volvo has clocked up three million miles to claim a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Irv Gordon bought the red P1800 on June 30 47 years ago and has been driving it ever since.

“The day I first bought the car I picked it up on a Friday night and started driving around town and showing it off to all of my friends and local pubs and wherever else,” Mr Gordon said. “Before I knew it, I was up in New Jersey and up in Connecticut and went back to my college in Massachusetts.”

He said the qualifications he was looking for in a car were simple: reliability and dependability. “I was very happy when I figured I got a car that’s going to be reliable and dependable, and well, I am still driving it today,” Mr Gordon said. On March 27, 2002, he was awarded the world record for the greatest ever recorded mileage by a single owner of a vehicle when he hit two million miles. In just over 11 years, Mr Gordon was able to add another million to his odometer.