Most people consider themselves lucky to get over 200,000 miles out of today's engines. For Rachel Veitch however, the 200,000 mark has long since passed and her car is still running strong.
Her vehicle is a 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente that she bought off the lot for a mere $3,289.30. For that price, it came with all the creature comforts and, as Ms. Veitch reveals, enough power to get the Comet up to 120mph. Rachel has given her beloved car the nickname Chariot, which is fitting considering it has safely carried her over 540,000 on the original engine.
Her secret? She is always on the lookout for lifetime warranties on parts, and when she finds one she makes sure to use it. Not to mention she refuses to leave Chariot's side during servicing and inspections. She also makes it a point to show the mechanics a diagram outlining all the lubrication points on the car.
Those half a million miles also included a trip to Rachel's 70th class reunion. A trip that added over 3,000 miles to the already astonishing odometer reading.
Our best wishes go out to Rachel and Chariot as they keep racking up the miles. Check out the interview with Rachel, and her car, at Growing Bolder