The Sad Tale of Valuable Cars in Abandoned Storage Units

img_storagetreasure61There’s something compelling about spending a small chunk of money on something unknown. You may end up with a box full of junk, but maybe — just maybe — you’ll end up with a treasure on your hands that you purchased for a song. This concept is used at county fairs, game shows, and storage unit auctions.

Sometimes people will purchase the contents of abandoned storage units, gambling on finding something valuable inside. And sometimes those bets pay off. For example, plenty of collectible cars have been found in old storage units. Read on for a few stories:

The Spy Who Loved Me

A man once purchased the contents of an abandoned storage unit for $100. Under a blanket in the back of the unit was a Lotus Esprit S1 that was in good shape. Except that it had fins instead of wheels. Turns out, this was the submarine car from The Spy Who Loved Me. It was eventually auctioned off for enough to let the new owner retire.

Cadillac Coupe

In Austin, Texas, someone opened an abandoned storage unit he purchased and found 500 car parts, many of which were deemed to be scrap metal. When they were assembled, however, they made a complete 1959 2-door Cadillac Coupe. Half of the parts were already restored, so the previous owner must have forgotten about his or her little restoration project.

Winning the Race

A storage unit purchased by a man in Florida contained a beautiful vintage race car that was sold to a collector for more than $18,000. Quite a find!

So what’s the moral of the story to current storage unit owners? Make sure your next of kin knows about your storage unit in case the unthinkable happens. You wouldn’t want that sports car submarine you’ve been saving for your grandchild to end up on eBay!


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