My Dad started Drager’s Harley-Davidson in Aberdeen, WA in 1934. Drager’s moved to Bremerton and eventually to Seattle in 1950, where we stayed until the recent move to Burlington in 2020.
When I came along in 1942, we lived over the shop. I started working full-time in 1960. From the age of 8, I always had motorcycles to ride. My first car was a 1951 Mercury coupe that was a trade-in on a motorcycle. I bought my first classic car about 1970, it was a 1935 Packard Super 8 dual side mount 4-door sedan. I bought it sight unseen and drove to southern California where I found it with 3 flat tires. It was a long way towing it home. That started the interest, and I bought more cars like the custom ’54 Vette that I should never have sold. I knew I would never restore the ’35 Packard, so when a time came that I needed money, I sold it along with some other cars. I just kept buying and selling my cars and made it into a full-time business.
I used to sell a lot of toys, bicycles, pedal cars, signs and automobilia. I did a lot of ’64 ½ to ’66 Mustangs and a lot of ’55-’56-’57 Chev’s. In 1986 I bought a new building where I did, almost exclusively, classic cars.
I have sold many cars 2 and 3 times. I have yet to buy and resell the same car 4 times. I am sure that will happen. I wish I could buy the cars back or what I sold them for, but as you know, if maintained, they just keep going up in price and are getting harder to find.
In 2020 I bought my present location in Burlington which gives me the ability to keep all the cars under cover. Now I really watch what I buy. I want only very nice cars and trucks. I have several of my old motorcycles on display and I’m still buying (sometimes selling) more of them. We have a great outside area with lots of parking and a great spot for showing all the classics. My son Andrew now works with me.