For Sale, Cheap: Vintage Jaguar and Aston Martin

A 1974 Jaguar E-Type

A 1974 Jaguar E-Type

The city of Pasco, Washington, is probably better known for vintage Camaros than Aston Martins, but that’s where an unusual auction will take place at the end of this month.

The Port of Pasco recently demolished a mini-storage building to make room for an office complex. When a renter of one unit moved out, he seems to have forgotten a couple items most of us would try a little harder to remember:

A 1972 Jaguar E-Type and a 1974 Aston Martin.

According to the Tri-City Herald, both vehicles were left in the port’s former mini-storage building. The tenant disappeared, and the port hasn’t been able to contact him to get the rent owed or to get the vehicles out.

Port officials have decided to auction the cars in hopes they will bring in enough money to make up for the back rent.

The ’70s was an awkward decade for cars, though, even for storied British rides Jaguar and Aston Martin. The ’72 E-Type has few graceful lines when compared with earlier versions. The wheelbase is stretched too far, the roof line looks like a hunchback, and the car is heavier than older E-types. These vintage rides, though, could still make for a fun entrance into an exclusive club for a budget-minded collector.

The price is definitely right: The Jaguar’s bidding will start at $750, and the Aston Martin will begin at just $500. No word on what condition these cars are in, though – only that they are being sold “as-is.” Not a great sign!

If you want in on the action, there is one other catch: Sealed bids must be hand-delivered by 10:30 am on March 31 to the port’s administrative building in Pasco.

Happy bidding!

What dream car would you love to find at auction for under a thousand bucks? Make that E-Type a 1963 version and I’d be all all over it!

-tgriffith

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4 Comments

  1. One of the should-have-been-better British cars of the ’70s was the Jensen-Healey, though some of these roadsters (with the Lotus 2-liter) were up to the task. A friend of mine had a Jensen Interceptor with a big V8 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jensen_Interceptor). I wonder if any of these are still around or for sale.

  2. My Dad still loves to tell stories about his Sunbeam Alpine – a ’61, I believe it was. I never got to see that in person, but the Tiger sounds like it would have been even more fun. I did enjoy riding in my uncle’s VW Karmann Ghia with the top down, but if I were looking for a cool vintage roadster, I’d probably want a Volvo P1800.

  3. Nice, Randy. A Sunbeam Tiger would be a ton of fun! Cool car that gets forgotten about.

  4. Boy, wouldn’t it be great to get a Sunbeam Tiger on the cheap? What a strange (but fun) sports car. I also would love to buy back my first car, a 55 Chevy Convertible, or my second car, a 1962 Thunderbird convertible. Problem is that I can’t afford either one of them anymore.

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