Rachel Veitch, 93, Retires 1964 Mercury After 576,000 Miles On The Road

on April 03 2012 2:39 PM

Ninety-three year old Rachel Veitch is retiring her beloved 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente after driving the trust vehicle for 48 years.

Nicknamed the Chariot, the car has 576,000 miles on it. She bought it for $3, 289 in February, 1964. The car has lasted longer than three marriages and 18 battery changes.

She has to give up her beloved car because of age-related macular degeneration in her eyes.

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

Veitch, a retired nurse, knew she had a serious problem when she ran a bald-faced red light in early March. The next day, she couldn't read the headlines in her newspaper. March 9 was the last time she drove the car.

I know I'm not safe enough to drive, she continued. But I have taken it in stride.

She said Chariot has lasted so long because she is obsessed with its maintenance. Since 1964, the car has gone through 3 shocks, 18 battery changes, 8 mufflers, and numerous oil changes.

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

The fate of the car is unknown. Veitch doesn't plan to leave the car to her 4 children, 9 grandchildren, or 11 great-grandchildren because they couldn't take care of it like I did.

 In July, Chariot will appear in an antique car show in Wisconsin. Veitch says she would consider selling it to Jay Leno if he was interested.

I haven't talked to Jay Leno yet, but I'm wondering if he's interested, said Veitch. But I don't think I should start talking about it now.

The car is worth about $12, 000 today.

Veitch will turn 94 in August. She said she's adjusting well to life without her beloved Chariot.

A lot of people are worse off than I am, she said to Fox News. I don't have cancer; I don't have Lou Gehrig's disease. I am lucky.

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