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    Default Florida Woman, 90, Behind the Same Wheel 559,000 Miles Later

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,...tml?test=faces

    The last time Rachel Veitch bought a car, gas cost 39 cents per gallon, Lyndon B. Johnson was in the White House and "The Little Old Lady From Pasadena" was a hit song on the radio.

    Nearly 600,000 miles later, the 90-year-old Florida woman still drives her 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente every day.

    Go, Granny, Go.

    Veitch, of Orlando, credits her meticulous care and near-obsessive dedication to her car -- she calls it "Chariot" -- as the reason it's still turning over every morning, year after year after year. The retired nurse maintains an exhaustive collection of maintenance records and changes the oil every 3,000 miles.

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

    Veitch, a mother of four, bought "Chariot" in February 1964 from a dealer in Sanford, Fla., for $3,289. The car has outlasted her three marriages and has gone through eight mufflers, at least 17 batteries and three sets of shocks. Its odometer recently clicked 559,000 miles.
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    I don't know who looks in better shape, the 90 year old, or the car. Wow.
    For the click-lazy, here they are, still together...


    [video]http://www.foxnews.com/images/546432/0_61_rachel_320.jpg[/video]


    Great line about her husbands too

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    So they old saying "They don't make them like they used to" is really true!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarge View Post
    "I've never been a destructive person and I've just taken care of everything, except my husbands."
    Classic!

    I guess she wasn't as diligent changing their oil.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarge View Post
    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,...tml?test=faces


    Veitch, a mother of four, bought "Chariot" in February 1964 from a dealer in Sanford, Fla., for $3,289.
    There's almost no way that she paid that much for that car. Late 60's muscle cars, like a '69 Chevelle SS 396 were sold new for about $3000, and a mercury comet was economy car.

    1964 Mercury Comet Weight, Price and Production

    Caliente
    hardtop coupej.........2,688.....$2,375.....31,2043
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    Quote Originally Posted by MojoRules View Post
    There's almost no way that she paid that much for that car. Late 60's muscle cars, like a '69 Chevelle SS 396 were sold new for about $3000, and a mercury comet was economy car.

    1964 Mercury Comet Weight, Price and Production

    Caliente
    hardtop coupej.........2,688.....$2,375.....31,2043
    The other money was the finace charge.

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