Aston Martin goes on the block

SUNDAY, MARCH 21, 2010

PASCO – Someone who perhaps has imagined life as Agent 007 may get to experience at least part of the role – by driving a vintage Aston Martin.

The Port of Pasco is taking sealed bids on two vintage cars – a 1974 Aston Martin and a 1972 Jaguar E V12 Coupe.

No, they weren’t port work vehicles, and this is an unusual situation, said Jim Toomey, port executive director.

Normally when the port has to clean out after a tenant leaves a business space, what’s left behind goes into the trash, he said. This is the first time the port has been left with vintage cars.

Aston Martin is the same brand of car that James Bond had, Toomey said. But the port certainly doesn’t think Bond ever drove this Aston Martin.

“This is not bulletproof with machine guns and radar in it,” he said.

Both vehicles were left in the port’s former ministorage building, said Linda O’Brien, port director of finance and administration. The tenant disappeared, and the port hasn’t been able to contact him to get the rent owed or the vehicles out.

She said port officials hope the cars will bring in enough money to make up for the back rent.

The port couldn’t find a title for the Aston Martin, so whoever buys it will need to retitle it, she said.

The minimum bid for the Jaguar is $750, and the Aston Martin has a minimum of $500.

Bids will be accepted until 10:30 a.m. March 31 at the port’s administrative building.

The vintage cars and other surplus vehicles and parts can be viewed from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday and March 30. All items are being sold as is.


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