PUNTA GORDA — Just after 14 years in Punta Gorda, Muscle Automobile City proprietor Rick Treworgy has resolved to close the doorways of his museum of around 200 GM muscle cars.

“I, with heavy coronary heart, have decided it is time to retire,” Treworgy wrote in a Dec. 20 Fb submit. “Muscle Vehicle Town, this year, is likely backwards mainly because of COVID-19 and the absence of worldwide travellers.”

The assortment has been a lifelong challenge for Treworgy, who owns all of the vintage automobiles.

They consist of Corvettes, Chevelles, GTOs, Camaros, Novas and a 1936 Chevy Phaeton −— one of only 7 that ended up constructed and nonetheless in existence.

“It’s been a great (run) and I’ve cherished each minute of it, but I am 72 and starting to sense like it,” he ongoing.

Treworgy, who could not be achieved for comment, options to close the museum Jan. 17.

Treworgy at first opened the museum in a previous Walmart in Punta Gorda but later on moved the collection to its present locale — formerly a Sweetbay Supermarket — in the Seminole Lakes Plaza.

Mecum Auctions will be marketing about 3-quarters of Treworgy’s collection, in accordance to Treworgy’s article.

“The rest I will take house and it will develop into my personal toy box once more,” he wrote.

The auction will get place on Jan. 22 and 23. For extra data on the auction, phone Muscle Car City at 941-575-5959.

Treworgy strategies to preserve Sting Rays Bar & Grill at the museum open up.

“After it all settles, (we) will probably do (vehicle) shows and swap fulfills by that organization, but for suitable now will be concentrating on having the museum closed and the house it’s using up leased.”