Vintage Cars Abandoned in Washington Mini-Storage Facility

Posted on Mar 23 2010 - 3:51pm by Tony Gonzalez

When port facility workers in Pasco, Washington, cleaned out the port’s old mini-storage facility to prepare the building for demolition, they found a surprise: two vintage sports cars dating from the 1970s. One of the cars is a 1974 Aston Martin, while the other is a 1972 Jaguar E V12 Coupe.

Both cars were abandoned in the mini-storage, according to the port director of finance and administration, Linda O’Brien, who spoke with Tri-City Herald reporter Kristi Pihl over the weekend. She said the port had tried repeatedly to contact the former tenant who left the cars there, with no luck. Consequently, the port is auctioning the cars to make up the money that is owed in back rent on the storage space. Bids will be accepted until 10:30 a.m., Pacific time, on March 31, at the port’s administrative building (904 E. Ainsworth St., Pasco, WA, 99301, or P.O. Box 769, Pasco, WA, 99301). The minimum bid for the Aston Martin is $750, while the minimum for the Jaguar is $500.

Ordinarily, items abandoned at the port of Pasco mini-storage would be thrown out, but the cars seemed too valuable for that. This is the first time vintage sports cars have ever been left at the facility, according to the port’s executive director, Jim Toomey. He is certain that they were not work vehicles belonging to the port authority.

The Aston Martin is the same type of car James Bond drove, Toomey pointed out, speaking to Pihl on Saturday. But, he warned, the Aston Martin does not come with all the same perks James Bond had – and he does not believe that Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Pierce Brosnan, or even Daniel Craig ever drove this particular Aston. “This is not bulletproof with machine guns and radar in it,” Toomey told Phil. (Actually, Bond, who was notoriously rough on cars, drove several other models besides the Aston, including the Alfa Romeo, the Audi A6 and 200, the Bentley Mark II and Mark VI, the BMW Z8, a Lincoln Continental, quite a few Fords, a Chevrolet Impala, a Lotus Esprit S1 and Turbo, a Rolls Royce Silver Shadow, the Saab 900 Turbo, a Brown Range Rover, and a Volvo S40T5. But who’s counting?)

The Jaguar, Toomey told Pihl, is the car he himself used to dream about as a teen.

When the Pasco port’s old mini-storage facility is finally empty, it will be torn down and replaced with an office park.

Sources used:

Associated Press. “Pasco port selling vintage Aston Martin, Jaguar.” March 20, 2010.

“List of James Bond vehicles.” Wikipedia.

Pihl, Kristi. “Aston Martin goes on the block.” The Spokesman Review. March 21, 2010.

Pihl, Kristi. “Pasco port selling vintage Aston Martin, Jaguar.” Seattle Post-Intelligencer. March 20, 2010.

Pihl, Kristi. “Pasco port selling vintage Aston Martin, Jaguar.” The Seattle Times. March 20, 2010. 

Pihl, Kristi. “Pasco port selling vintage Aston Martin, Jaguar.” TriCity Herald. March 20, 2010.

Port of Pasco webpage.