Police hope to reunite abandoned classic car with owner
Austin Cambridge left in gas station lot, owner will have to provide documentation
Alberta RCMP are trying to solve the mystery of a 1960s Austin Cambridge abandoned in a parking lot.
The off-white car is in good condition, with a red interior, and is likely a model A60 built between 1961 and 1969. It was towed from the Husky Gas Bar in downtown Red Deer on May 4.
Derek McNaney, a car collector in Red Deer, said he is surprised no one has claimed the car, which is probably worth about $5,000.
“Usually people are very keen in claiming classic cars,” he said. “It’s really strange. If the RCMP can’t trace the owner, then I don’t know who can.”
People who collect British cars would consider this a starter vehicle for getting into the hobby, he said.
“It was quite famous actually for being exported from, obviously, England to Hong Kong, where it was used quite a lot for taxis. England also used most of them for taxis as well. It’s a family car, seats four or five.”
He says it seems to have been kept in a garage and has probably been re-upholstered, but has an original engine.
RCMP say anyone wishing to claim the car will have to provide documentation that proves ownership.
“All RCMP efforts to locate the owner have not been successful to date, and RCMP would like to return what is almost certainly a treasured vehicle to its rightful home,” police said in a release.
Anyone with information is asked to call Red Deer RCMP at 403-406-2300.