After a little more than a decade, Rick Treworgy’s Muscle Car City Museum in Punta Gorda, Fla., is closing. Its 200-plus cars and walls of automobilia will be sold Jan. 22-23 by Mecum Auctions. The sale will come right after Mecum’s gavels have cooled following its giant Kissimmee, Fla., sale, held Jan. 7-16.
According to a previously published article in Old Cars (https://www.oldcarsweekly.com/features/more-muscle-on-thebeach), Rick Treworgy’s Muscle Car City Museum opened on March 1, 2009, following decades of privately collecting cars. After regularly showing his collection to small groups, Treworgy decided to make his collection a destination for the public. The museum is housed in a former Walmart store, and most of the vehicles within it are General Motors products.
Reportedly, Treworgy planned to retire soon, but the pandemic took a toll on admissions and accelerated the decision to close the museum.
To be offered at no reserved by Mecum are at least 20 Camaros, most of them first-gen models highlighted by 1967-’69 Z28s and two COPO 427 cars, one of which is an original Berger car. There are 17 Chevelles, many of them Super Sports and one of them a 1965 Chevelle Malibu SS Z16 with the 396. Half a dozen cars in the museum are Pontiac GTOs with a 1969 Trans Am for good measure. There are also several examples of the Olds 4-4-2 and the Chevy II Nova.
Treworgy clearly liked Chevrolets and there are a surprising number of vintage Chevrolet trucks and prewar Chevrolets in the collection, as well as many Tri-Chevys and Impala and Impala SS models. Dozens of Corvettes from 1954 to the 2000s also make up the collection.
The auction will be held at the museum. For a list of cars and additional details, go to https://www.mecum.com/auctions/punta-gorda-2021/lots/
1965 Chevelle Malibu SS is one of the rare Z16 versions with Chevy’s new 396-cid engine. Just 201 were built. (Mecum Auctions photo)
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