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April 2, 2012

93 Year-Old Florida Woman Reaches End of the Road After 576,000 Miles in her 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente.

Topics: National News

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Retired nurse Rachel Veitch has finally parked her 1964 Mercury Comet Calliente "chariot" for the last time. It's outlasted three marriages, three sets of shocks, 18 batteries, eight mufflers, countless oil changes, and 576,000 miles.

And it's not parked because the car has finally worn out ... it's because her eyes have:

[...] After 576,000 miles -- or more than a trip to the moon and back -- in the same 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente, the 93-year-old Orlando grandmother is stepping on the brakes due to age-related macular degeneration in both eyes. She realized her vision had completely failed her in early March after running a "bald-faced red light," Veitch told

"I am legally blind, so I can no longer drive my lovely Chariot," she said by phone. "They don't have to take it away, I would not dream of driving that car again."

[...] "When I buy gas, I write down the mileage, the date and how many miles per gallon I got," she told in 2009. "I've never been a destructive person and I've just taken care of everything, except my husbands."

In July, Veitch's classic car will travel to Wisconsin to appear in an antique car show, but it's unclear what will happen to it after that trip. Veitch, who appeared on "The Tonight Show" in August 2010, said she might consider selling it to host and classic car aficionado Jay Leno if he's interested. ...

More here.

For those that are interested in such minutia, according to the US Department of Transportation the average life expectancy of a car is, in general, between 165,000 and 200,000 miles. The standard specification for mileage given by the department is 145,000.

In other words, Rachel has most definitely gotten her money's worth (according to the FoxNews link, she paid $3,289 for the car in February 1964).

Posted by Hyscience at April 2, 2012 3:42 PM

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