A Florida Muscle Car Museum Is auction More Than 200 American Classics
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Florida construction and real estate developer Rick Treworgy’s first love was automobiles. He started wheeling and dealing at age 14, and although his career was in a different area, he never lost his passion. That passion would become the Muscle Car City Museum, one of the largest collections of American classics in the world, with over 200 cars in what was once a Walmart building. The pandemic has claimed the museum which will cease operations on January 17th, with all the cars being auctioned by Mecum. From rare GM muscle cars like two COPO Camaros to a plethora of Corvettes and Cadillacs, there’s something for everyone when the auction starts January 22nd.
Rick Treworgy bought his first car when he was 14 in the mid-60s. He was buying and selling cars in high school; eventually, his side hustle became a habit, and over time he amassed hundreds of cars. In an exclusive interview with The Drive, Treworgy told me that having a museum was always a dream of his, and he opened Muscle Car City 14 years ago. On January 22 and 23, his whole collection will be sold by Mecum Auctions at the museum in Punta Gorda, Florida, which is about 100 miles south of Tampa.
Considered one of the best collections of General Motors cars in the world, Treworgy’s collection is centered on Chevrolet, including 80 Corvettes of every generation. Even a 2020 C8 is on the block with less than 300 miles on the odometer; he says he has his eye on a 2022 Z06, which is expected to have a 5.5-liter V8 and a Ferrari-like flat-plane crank. He knows the 2020 model will fetch a solid price and he figured he would have traded it in for the Z06 anyway.
While he was planning to retire and sell his museum collection next year, the coronavirus slowed his traffic to a trickle and his friend Dana Mecum suggested that the time to sell was sooner than later. Just about everything in his massive building–which used to be a supermarket–will be sold, including a collection of high-performance Chevelles, Camaros, El Caminos, 442s, and GTOs.
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