Muscle Car City

This post was originally intended for Florida Fringe Tourism, but I think life has taken Glendon away from the site, possibly for good. So instead, you get it here.

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Rick Treworgy’s Muscle Car City in Punta Gorda is, in a word, overwhelming. But in the best way. 99,000 square feet of shiny classics beg for a camera, so be sure to bring yours.

When Treworgy was 16, he used money saved from pumping gas to buy his first car: a 1957 Chevrolet CV. At the time, it was affordable because it was several years out of date. He kept the car through high school, and when he returned from the Navy in 1968, he began again. He always had two or three cars around. He would drive one, and fix up the others, selling them to either buy more cars, or support various business ventures that allowed him to…buy more cars.

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40 years of collecting found Rick with over 200 cars. In 2009, he bought an empty Walmart and moved four warehouses full of cars to his lifelong dream, a museum.

The front of the house is run by his daughter, April. There you’ll find a diner, gift shop, and speed shop for performance parts. If wander back, you’ll find a small teaser of what is behind the double doors.

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A GM man to the core, the collection is heavy with Chevrolet, Pontiac, and a sprinkling of Oldsmobile, Buick, and others. You can see most of the body styles of the 1957 Chevy, along with impressive collections of Camaros, GTOs, El Caminos, and Corvettes. The dates range mostly from the 1950s to the 1970s, but go back as far as the 1920s. Every car is in pristine running condition, and showroom shiny.

You can get almost as close as you like to the cars. Instead of roping everything off, you will see the occasional sign: “Unless you are nude, don’t touch this car.” Most cars have model information in the window, and some have complete histories. Several have the hood up, so you can see the inner workings.

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Rick averages 400 visitors a day, but those 720 parking spaces don’t go to waste. On the third Saturday of the month, it becomes a chrome wonderland, when MCC hosts a car show, and collectors bring their classic and specialty vehicles from around the country.

If you’d like to visit, Muscle Car City is open every day but Monday, from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Admission is $12.50 for adults, $6.00 for children. Kids under two years old get in for free with an adult. Sorry, toddlers, you can’t sneak off by yourself.

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