Muscle Car City

Cortez, FL

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!

An American Classic – the hot dog

If you’re in southwest Florida and enjoy muscle cars from the 50s, 60s, and 70s put this place on your agenda.

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15 Responses to Muscle Car City

  1. Laurel says:

    That vintage motorhome is fantastic! Would love to see what it looks like inside.

  2. pmbweaver says:

    I love museums but not this one so much. Now, Paul would visit that one, and I would sit in the gift shop and eat that exact hot dog!

  3. Impressive. If Dave had not gone there and tell us his experience, Steve would also have missed this place as well. Looks like all four of you had a fun day with the Corvettes.

  4. Sue says:

    I love everyone’s slightly different take on this museum……I know we all enjoyed our visit for different reasons but we all can agree it was pretty impressive! Kudos to the photographer on this shoot.

  5. Sherry says:

    What great pictures!! David is going to love this post. We were in Fort Ogden for a rally and went to Punta Gorda to take a boat trip out to Caya Costa Key. Boy is David sad he didn’t know about this then. Next year for sure! Thanks for the tip and the great pictures. Any idea what the owner’s business was that he could afford so many cars and an old walmart? Great thing to do with your money.

  6. rommel says:

    Dame! That’s a mecca for car lovers. It’s like those collectable car toys but only in real life size. Real cool, especially the vintage ones. They all look so bright and shiny.

  7. Charlotte says:

    Thanks for this post. We will be stopping there on our way north in May for sure. We are old car buffs and will really enjoy seeing this mans collection. We also pan to stop at the Corvette Museum in Kentucky. That hot dog doesn’t look half bad either.

  8. Love me some classic corvettes!

  9. Pam says:

    Gotta say that the classic hot dogs seem like a must in a place like this. I never owned a muscle car, but spent plenty of time in them. LOL.

  10. Erin says:

    So interesting to read this post on vintage corvettes when, just this morning, they were talking on the news about getting out those corvettes that fell into a sink hole.

  11. LuAnn says:

    I too loved the vintage motorhome. Terry would have been in heaven visiting here. And that lunch…better get back on your bikes and ride! 😉

  12. Gay says:

    Now that’s my kind of museum! I love muscle cars….had an Corvette, Chevelle, and a Camaro.
    That hot dog looked pretty dang good too!

  13. Bob says:

    Wow, that’s more Corvettes than I’ve seen in one place before! I liked the white Chevelle…a girl who lived across the street from me in my High School days had one just like it. Great article!

    • placestheygo says:

      Thanks, Bob! It certainly was and amazing collection of cars. And to think one man owns them all with several that have never been on the road. The gentleman has another 100 that aren’t on this place, yet.

  14. frankeeg says:

    Two years ago I visited a car museum, only it was a museum of all vintages of cars with only a few “muscles” thrown in. After a short while I became overwhelmed by just the huge numbers of cars to see. After an hour I quickly “raced’ through the remaining cars and left. It was simply too much to absorb. Cheers from Oz..

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