Muscle Car City is One Man’s Dream Car Collection

Anyone who has a fascination with classic cars will want to visit Muscle Car City in Punta Gorda – and never leave! This amazing 99,000 square foot museum is dedicated to American motor history with over 200 vintage cars on display, dating back to the 1950s.

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This superb car collection includes muscle cars from the early 1970s, classic cars and even hot rods so there’s something for every motorhead to drool over. Some of the highlights include SS El Caminos, Big Block Impalas, GM Performance Cars, Z-28 Cameros, Pontiac GTOs, Oldsmobile 442s, 396 Cameros, SS Chevelles, and plenty more hot rods and antique motors to create a nostalgic trip down memory lane.

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Muscle Car City History

The museum represents a lifetime of love for Rick Treworgy who progressed from pedal cars to motor bikes and old Chevys just as soon as he was legally able to drive. His hobby was restoring old cars for a profit as he built his own private collection of muscle cars over 40 years.

Rick finally realized his dream and bought an abandoned Walmart store before turning his car collection into Muscle Car City. Most of the cars are in pristine running condition and the hot rods span a range of makes and models covering 80 years of speed history.

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All these magnificent muscle motors on display are beautifully restored to their former glory. Convertibles, two tone paintwork, outrageous color combinations and front bench seats are all in evidence in this wonderful motor museum which celebrates the 50s, 60s and 70s. Corvette fans will also appreciate the comprehensive collection of cars – including at least one Corvette from every year of manufacture from 1954 to 1975 and several of each series from 1975 to 2006.

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Muscle Car Parts and Performance Shop

Once you’ve had your fill of admiring and photographing the cars, next stop should be the Muscle Car, Rod and Performance shop on site. Here’s the place to find a range of restoration parts for enthusiasts to improve or restore their own Muscle Car project. If you have yet to start your own car restoration project, then browse around the Muscle Car Corral and see what dream cars are available for sale.

Slightly less taxing on the credit card are the souvenirs and motor memorabilia in the Gift Store.

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It’s a great place to pick up gifts and stocking fillers for motor-mad friends and family. Gifts include clothing, T-shirts and licensed apparel, vintage signs, toys and die cast models and even Harvey Seatbelt purses and jewelry for the ladies. The store also has a range of motor-themed items for the home and garden – it’s certainly not like any other shopping experience!

Muscle Car City Diner – a Trip Down Memory Lane!

You might as well make a day of it and enjoy dining in the retro Muscle Car City Diner which is a treat for anyone who remembers the 60s.

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Open from 8 am to 4 pm daily it serves hungry man-size breakfasts, lunches, burgers, hot dogs, omelets, salads and more. It’s a great place to stop for drinks such as old-fashioned floats, sodas, shakes and homemade ice cream, just like in the good old days!

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Muscle Car City frequently hosts car cruise-ins and car shows and is a popular gathering place for cruise clubs from all over Florida and the USA. Checkout the website calendar and join fellow muscle car enthusiasts at the next fun event.

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Nita Ettinger is the co-publisher for Siesta Publications and the Editor in Chief for Must Do Visitor Guides. Must Do Visitor Guides provides Southwest Florida visitor information through printed publications and the website MustDo.com. Must Do Visitor Guides are published bi-annually and are available at no cost in Sarasota, Lee, and Collier County chambers of commerce, visitor information centers, select Southwest Florida hotels, and wherever free publications are found.

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