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Florida woman, 93, reaches end of the road after 576,000 miles in her 1964 Mercury

Posted in Pictures, Video, Commercials, Media by wolferadio11 on May 3, 2012
The end of the road is here for Rachel Veitch’s beloved “Chariot.” 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 bought her beloved ride for $3,289 in February 1964 from a dealer in Sanford, Fla. The car, which has been appraised at $12,000, has gone through 18 batteries, eight mufflers and countless oil changes. She credits her near-obsessive dedication to the car as the main reason why it’s spent nearly half a century in her care.

Asked if any of her 4 children, 9 grandchildren or 11 great-grandchildren have expressed interest in the car, Veitch responded: “It wouldn’t matter if they did, they’re not going to get it They couldn’t take care of it like I did.” The car saw its lone wreck in 1980, when it endured a rear-end collision while Veitch, who was not injured, drove along I-95 in Georgia. The last time she bought a car, gas cost 39 cents a gallon, Lyndon B Johnson was in the White House and “The Little Old Lady From Pasadena” was ruling the radio.

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