ByMurilee Martinon February 10, 2020
interesting discarded vehiclesis the fact that most cars and light trucks didn’t start getting six-digit odometers until the 1980s or even the 1990s. I find vehicles that Iknowmust haveracked upincredible totalmileage figures, but their odometers all turned over (once? ten times?) when they got past 99,999 miles.
Fortunately, Volvo felt sufficiently optimistic to adopt the six-digit odometer way back in the 1960s, so I was able to read a very impressive figure on the one in this740 wagon:493,549 miles.
a Mercedes-Benz W201 with better than 600,000 milesanda Volkswagen Rabbit Cabrio showing a not-sure-I-believe-it 930,013 miles, plus lots and lots of junked Hondas and Toyotas (andone Oldsmobile) with readings of close to 400,000 miles, but this Volvo in the San Francisco Bay Area ranks near the top of the longevity sweepstakes.
I see this phenomenon oftenwithhigh-mile junkyard (rear-wheel-drive) Volvos.
To a radar gun, it looked exactly like a Porsche 944â€¦ though I’ll bet the brick shape of the Volvo made it detectable at a longer range.
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