Muscle Car City in Punta Gorda set to close, auction off collectible cars

A car guru let us in on a piece of his collection, as he shuts down the place where it’s been housed for almost two decades.

After 15 years of operation, classic car museum Muscle Car City is closing its doors in Punta Gorda.

Museum and collection owner Rick Treworgy plans to auction over 200 sets of keys.

“I’ve gotten convertibles, two-door hardtops, Corvettes,” Treworgy said. “They’re all the sport models, the beach models and the biggest performance range that’s available,” Treworgy explained.

It’s a high-speed collection enticing people from all over the world to take a high-speed trip to Punta Gorda.

“I planned my vacation around all of this,” said Earl Conrad from Findlay, Ohio.

“I heard about this museum, and I said, ‘I got to go check this out,’” said Bill Fate from Williamston, Michigan.

Treworgy has parked his collection at his museum, Muscle Car City, for many years.

“It’s a special group of cars. I’ve handpicked these over a 50-year period,” Treworgy said.

He said it’s time for him to let the collection there go.

“Mostly my age. I think it’s time to retire,” Treworgy said. “Now I am ready to pass them on to someone else.”

Or most of them. Treworgy is keeping about 50 cars in his collection. He knows the new owners will love the ones he parts with as much as he does.

“It gives me pleasure to know that joy is going to come from these cars for the people who do buy them,” Treworgy said.

Muscle Car City will close its doors for good Sunday. The car auction begins next Friday.

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Reporter:Erika Jackson
Writer:Jack Lowenstein
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