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Muscle Car Museum to Auction Off Hundreds of Cars

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Julie Glenn
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WGCU
Bidders get a look under the hood before this weekend's auction

Once a muscle car museum, the 60,000 square foot space that was home to hundreds of historic cars in Punta Gorda will be emptied by eager bidders at a General Motors-centric auto auction.

Just the sound of a muscle car idling is enough to give classic car collectors goosebumps. That sound, which belies American muscle car power, is likely not lost on Rick Treworgy, whose 60,000 square foot Muscle Car City in Punta Gorda is officially closed. The museum was where Treworgy shared his passion for classic cars with the public.

Now, all of those cars will be auctioned off over the course of two days. On Thursday, registered bidders came to the Punta Gorda muscle car destination for an up-close look before the auction under the tent Friday and Saturday. The cars will be shown on a screen, rather than driven across a stage, the way Mecum Auctions usually conducts its auctions. Sam Murtaugh is the Vice President of Marketing for Mecam and says this collection of around 200 cars is almost its own history lesson.

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Julie Glenn
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A potential bidder checks out a Pontiac GTO "Judge"

“It runs the gamut from, I think, over a hundred years of automotive history. I mean you’ve got some really early cars from like the late teens early 20’s, all the way up to a 2020 Corvette.”

The collection consists almost exclusively General Motors model vehicles but, Chevrolet, Cadillac, Pontiac, and Oldsmobile vehicles are well represented. There are also some interesting one-off’s, including a pink ice cream truck and a customized 1928 Gypsy Wagon.

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Julie Glenn
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A Vintage ice cream truck encapsulates the nostalgia Treworgy's collection evokes