If you’ve been to Florida, maybe you’ve made a museum stop Muscle Car City, built in a former Walmart store in Punta Gorda, halfway between Miami and Tampa Bay. It contains one of the largest collections of American performance cars in the world, the vast majority of which are GM models.
Unfortunately, the museum will have to close its doors permanently this weekend, as the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly reduced attendance. The good news is that most of the 200 or so coupes, convertibles, vans and even motorcycles on site will be auctioned off by Mecum Auctions on January 22 and 23 – with no reserve price!
The founder and owner of the museum, Rick Treworgy, made his fortune in real estate. He began to collect cars first as a hobby, then he began to search for precise models, sometimes rare, to complete his series.
In total, Treworgy says his museum holds more than 65,000 horses. There are 80 Corvettes, more than the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky! The oldest dates from 1954 and the most recent is a mid-engined 2020 model.
Chevrolet enthusiasts are served with Impalas from 1958 to 1969, El Caminos from 1964 to 1972, Nova from 1963 to 1970, Chevelle from 1964 to 1972, several Camaros including two COPO 1969 versions and even the only survivor of the seven Phaeton 1936 which were produced. Note also the many Pontiac GTO and Trans Am.
As can be seen in the video above, the quality of the vehicles is impressive and several have won awards at car shows. According to Treworgy, they are a better investment than stocks on the stock exchange or real estate.
The auction also includes an array of posters, accessories and other collectibles and decorative items such as vintage. Go to the website of Mecum Auctions; definitely worth a look!