Almost 50 years later, this old Dodge has been reunited with its family.
We all have nostalgic tales of vehicles we have either owned ourselves or that have served duty for loved ones. But one of the most amazing stories we've come across recently involved a 1974 Dodge Challenger that was purchased by Bobbie Bohnsak from Gage, Oklahoma.
Nothing about that sounds particularly special until you realize that the Challenger's original and first owner was none other than Bohnsak's late father, Bob Bohnsak Sr., who bought the car fresh out of the box after he had returned from Vietnam and was preparing to leave the Air Force. Both are described as serious car enthusiasts.
The story, shared by KFOR-TV in Oklahoma, is remarkable considering that almost 50 years passed between Bohnsak Sr. buying the new Challenger and his son Bobbie purchasing the same car again last month. Bobbie found the original bill of sale with his dad's signature and searched for the old Dodge online, where he was elated to find it for sale in San Diego.
Bobbie describes waiting a week for the car to get to Gage, Oklahoma, as "emotional and stressful." Bobbie's father passed away suddenly when he was just eight, so to be reunited with his dad's original Challenger was clearly a rewarding experience.
Upon its arrival in Gage, Bobbie drove the Challenger to his dad's garage, although at this stage of its life, it has been cheaply resprayed and the car idles unevenly, so lightning quarter-mile blasts are pretty much out of the question. Since getting hold of his dad's Challenger last month, Bobbie has been driving it every day. His daughter describes it as "comfortable" - this is telling since even today's Dodge Challenger has retained its supple ride, despite its lauded antics on the drag strip.
Back in 1974, Bobbie's dad paid just over $3,600 for the Challenger at an Illinois dealership. That's roughly the price of two or so packages on a new Challenger SRT Hellcat. But when Bobbie found the same car for sale decades later, the price was a secondary concern and he knew he had to have it. It may have taken the scenic route home, but the old Dodge is back.