keithedwards Reader
12/21/20 9:27 a.m.

I am sad to hear that Muscle Car City Museum in Punta Gorda, FL will be closing in January. Cars will be auctioned off by Mecum on January 22nd and 23rd.

From their FB post

"Muscle Car City closing,

Word is spreading like wild fire and I want to explain what’s happening, I with heavy heart have decided it’s time to retire and Muscle Car City this year is going backwards because of COVID and lack of international tourists. It’s been a great 14 years for The business I’ve loved every minute of it, but I am 72 and beginning to feel like it. I will close on January 17th. And Mecum auctions will be selling about 3/4 of my collection and the rest I will take home and it will become my private toy box again. The auction will take place on January 22 and 23 I will be selling about 200 very fine cars, if there is anything in the collection you really like, now is the time entire collection in museum will be sold no reserve as well as all memorabilia. Thank everyone for all the support over the years I will leave Sting Rays bar and grill open and after it all settles will possibly do shows and Swap meets through that business, but for right now will be concentrating on getting the Museum closed and the space it’s taking up leased. When we decide how to proceed it will be on our site and Sting rays and my personal Facebook and social media. Swap meet for December will be on as usual and January car show will also happen, after that the cars will be sold.

Thanks all for the great run


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I am very hopeful that Sting Rays bar and grill will continue the monthly swap meet.

Tony Sestito
Tony Sestito PowerDork
12/22/20 11:02 p.m.

I actually visited this place back in 2014 with my dad. It was a really incredible collection of vintage iron. We were down there for my uncle's funeral, and this place was a welcome distraction. My pick of the lot was this all-original 1973 GTO with a 4-speed manual. An absolute stripper model; didn't even have a tach!

My birthday is on 1/23, in case someone wants to buy it for me. wink

Carsandbikes Reader
12/23/20 7:09 p.m.

Dang, I live in Florida and have told myself several times that I want to visit this place, now it looks like it will close before I am able to get there.  (I haven't been going much of anywhere since the start of the pandemic. )

BTW, my birthday is in January, too, but I just bought a new (to me) toy.

keithedwards Reader
1/10/21 12:33 p.m.

More info and an interview with Rick Treworgy from The Drive. I visit the Museum one more time before they close on the 17th.


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