For sale: 1964 Mercury, one lady owner, 576,000 miles

Despite all those decades of driving, Rachel Veitch is nowhere near to holding the Guinness World Record for highest mileage


A 93-year-old Florida grandmother has parked her car for good after driving 576,000 miles (927,000km) over 48 years at the wheel of one trusty vehicle.

Rachel Veitch bought her Mercury Comet Caliente for $3,289 in February 1964. It has outlasted three marriages and 18 battery changes, she says.

On 9 March she had to give up driving as she has become legally blind.

Mrs Veitch plans to sell the car instead of giving it to her family amid concerns they might not look after it.

“They’re not going to get it. They couldn’t take care of it like I did,” Mrs Veitch told Fox News. She has four children, nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Mrs Veitch said the care and attention she paid to her car was one of the main reasons it had lasted so long.

In 2009 she told Fox News: “When I buy gas, I write down the mileage, the date and how many miles per gallon I got. I’ve never been a destructive person and I’ve just taken care of everything, except my husbands.”

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