Our friend Dave (Beluga’s Excellent Adventures) is
an old a former Corvette owner and motor head. He has a friend in Sarasota who one day took him to Punta Gorda, about an hour south of us, to visit Rick Treworgy’s Muscle Car City. John is also interested in 60s muscle cars, so when Dave described the facility we just had to make a visit. With the weather report discouraging outdoor activities one day last week, we picked up Dave and Sue and headed south to check out Muscle Car City.
Over the past 40 years Punta Gorda resident Rick Treworgy has assembled one of the largest private collections of cars in the country. After running out of space at various warehouses the cars were scattered across, he decided to purchase an abandoned Walmart and bring his collection into the public eye and Muscle Car City was born.
The collection includes at least one Corvette from 1954-1975. These aren’t run of the mill Vettes either, most are equipped with 427s, manual transmissions and other rare options. The collection isn’t limited to just Corvettes, there are plenty of other 60-70s GM products, assorted hot rods, modern muscle, and even some retro rods sporting modern creature comforts while maintaining a vintage look.
Both John and Dave enjoyed checking out some models that they owned in their previous lives. John spotted a nice red 64 Impala the same color as the one he owned.
He also spotted a 65 Chevelle from his past, except his was not white but (you guessed it) red.
The museum even has a vintage motorhome! Check out the bicycle next to it. Most of the parts of this bike are made of wood, even the wheel rims.
The museum also has a gift shop and a cool 50s style diner on site with a nice menu of sandwiches from that era. Before checking out the cars we enjoyed a quick lunch that will break any diet restrictions. No Quinoa or kale here!
If you’re in southwest Florida and enjoy muscle cars from the 50s, 60s, and 70s put this place on your agenda.