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For Volvo owner, 3m miles and counting

  • A record road trip

    A Volvo P1800 logged its three-millionth mile on 18 September while travelling Alaska’s Seward Highway. The coupe is owned by Irv Gordon, 74, who purchased it new in 1966. A retired science teacher from Long Island, New York, Gordon has no plans to stop at 3m. “Whether I drive 4m miles is more up to me than it is the car,” he said in a release distributed by Volvo. “The car may be able to take it, but I’m not so sure about me.” The coupe was recognised with a Guinness record in 1998, back when it only had logged 1.69m miles. (Photo: Volvo Cars)

  • The golden bull

    A 1:8 scale model of the Lamborghini Aventador supercar, to be fashioned from gold, platinum, silver and carbon fibre, carries the asking price of $7.5m – the dollar equivalent of 18 Aventadors. The model is offered by former Mercedes-Benz engineer Robert Gülpen, who has created one-off gold miniatures of iconic vehicles such as the Mercedes-Benz SL. Though no buyer has been identified, Top Gear reports that a semi-precious prototype exists in Dubai. (Photo: Robert Gülpen Engineering)

  • Eiji Toyoda, engineer of a family dynasty, dies at 100

    One of the principal architects of Toyota’s global ascent as an efficiency-obsessed automaker passed away on 17 September, the company said in a statement. Eiji Toyoda, a nephew of company founder Sakichi Toyoda, helped steer the brand towards compact and sporty models in the 1960s and ‘70s, and advocated for its turn towards luxury – an effort that begat the Lexus sub-brand. He served as president of Toyota from 1967 to 1982. (Photo: AFP/Getty)

  • Alfa racecar breaks auction record

    At its Goodwood Revival sale in West Sussex, England, Bonhams recorded a gavel price of £5.3m ($8.5m) for a 1935 Alfa Romeo Tipo C 8C-35 racecar campaigned by Tazio Nuvolari, the most decorated grand prix driver of the ‘30s. With a final price including commission of £5.94m, the sale set a record for an Alfa Romeo sold at public auction. It was Bonhams’ second such success in recent months, having set a record of £19.6m for a Mercedes-Benz – the highest recorded auction price for any car. (Photo: Pawel Litwinski/Bonhams)

  • Corvette Stingray hits the highways

    Chevrolet began shipping its brand-new 2014 Corvette Stingray to North American dealerships on 18 September. The sports car, assembled in Bowling Green, Kentucky, was fully redesigned for the 2014 model year, with an emphasis on interior quality and lightweight construction. Pricing in the US begins at $51,995. (Photo: General Motors)

    Read BBC Autos’ review of the 2014 Corvette Stingray here.