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March 28, 2014

Vintage cars to be up for grabs

TAHLEQUAH — A classic car collection an area man has assembled for 25 years goes on sale in May.

Most of the 80 cars in Gale Bogle’s collection came from Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma, except for one Studebaker, which he found in Cleveland, Ohio.

Bogle has enjoyed seeking out the vehicles almost as much as he has enjoyed owning them. The collection is both a hobby and an investment. His qualifications for purchase are usually that they be low-mile, one-owner and already restored.

“It’s been a good hobby, too; combining both makes it really good,” said Bogle.

The entry of a huge metal building has classic cars lined up on each side with a couple parked down the center. In this room, they’re uncovered, as an investor had just been there to make a deal. It is one of several buildings with such valuable property inside.

Bogle isn’t sure whether the sale of his cars will take place in Tahlequah, or as part of a larger auction already being planned in Missouri.

“I just turned 70 and I decided to sell them for retirement,” he said.

Most of the vehicles rolled off the assembly line in the 1950s and ‘60s. The oldest car he’s collected was also his first to purchase: a 1929 Model A two-door sedan.

He has about 32 motorcycles and scooters, including a rare red Indian. He started collecting them about 15 years ago.

“The 50cc Indian dirt bike I found two blocks away from where I grew up in MIssouri,” he said.

A ‘48 Cushman with a purple stripe was rebuilt in Oklahoma CIty and a red Allstate was sold by Sears and Roebuck. A 1947 Doodlebug scooter, completely restored, is among his rare collectibles.

Bogle is more known for his heating and air business than his cars. He moved to Tahlequah from Missouri in 1979 and opened the business. He had earlier been an engineer with Texaco and had been coming to the river to visit.

When he resigned from Texaco, he moved here.

“When the economy went flat, I lost money, so I decided to invest in cars,” Bogle said. “Back 10 years ago, when Uncle Bill [Clinton] was president, we were all making money. Then the Bushes took over.”

For almost three decades, Bogle has gone to a lot of car shows, car auctions and bought from individuals, some on the Internet.

“You get your best buys from individuals, when someone dies and the family doesn’t know what to do with it. I appreciate getting the first show,” he said.

A 1947 Crosley pickup was the last collectible car he purchased, along with a 1951 Crosley station wagon. He sold both to a guy in Dexter, Mo., recently.

On average, Bogle said, he made a good  profit on each classic car he’s owned, then sold.

A sea-foam green Rambler that sits just inside a garage building is valued at $10,000 ,and parked beside it, a blue ’57 Ford truck, with a short side bed, which is listed for $15,000.

History is often included in the car being discussed.

“This 1952 Plymouth two-door station wagon was called a Suburban, a name stolen and later used by Chevrolet,” he said. “This car was bought by a couple about five years ago. I tracked it down and it shows up on the Internet; it was the same one and I bought it.”

The one that got away, the elusive vehicle, is a 1962 Plymouth Savoy, two-door sedan.

“It’s an ex-highway patrol car. I might would still buy one if I could find one,” Bogle said. “I found one in New Mexico years ago, but it sold already, and broke my heart.”

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