November 26: The Ford Taunus reaches 221,473 miles on this date in 1963
If you're dreading a long drive this Thanksgiving, you can take some solace that the trip didn't last 141 days. That's how long it took a team of Ford engineers and drivers to rack up 221,473 miles on a Ford Taunus 12M in 1963 —driving around the clock, averaging 65 mph including pit stops. The stunt was meant to show the V-4 powered Taunus was as durable as any German machine, something the team unexpectedly tested when one driver fell asleep behind the wheel and rolled it. He pushed the car back on its wheels, and after a few checks the Taunus was back on the track. The stunt set a record for endurance driving that's never been equaled, and likely won't be.