No one associates Walmart with quality car parts. Of course, you can buy coolant and headlight bulbs there for cheap, however, this store is definitely not frequented for its high quality automotive selection. One very passionate gearhead tends to change that though, at least in Florida. Apparently, this passionate gearhead bought an entire old Walmart in order to house his massive car collection there.
He decided to store his massive car collection consisted of over 200 vehicles and showcase them there for the public to see. You can see all of the cars in the video below all housed in this odd choice when it comes to car storage facilities. The avid gearhead we are talking about goes by the name of Rick Treworgy.
This avid car enthusiast had a car passion from a young age, constantly playing with car toys. This enthusiasm was transformed into a hardcore passion since the age of 16, just when he was old enough to drive. At this moment, Treworgy’s interest was only in old cars. The reason for this was that he could only afford old cars.
This is when Treworgy started creating his massive car collection. At a young age, he began purchasing, selling and restoring old vehicles in order to maintain his passion alive. Since then, Treworgy has collected around 225 vehicles for his collection. His collection features cars that span models from 80 different years.
His collection range from early 30s roadsters to modern sports cars. His collection which is stored in an old Walmart building features one of the biggest GM collections in the country.
In addition to his prized collection, the 99,000-square-foot building houses a gift shop, a store where you can buy restoration parts, a diner, and a service station.
And the collection itself is impressive even to a non-car-lover, featuring Camaros, Chevelles, El Caminos, Impalas, GTOs, Olds 442s and his beloved Corvettes.
It’s a popular site for “cruise clubs,” or groups dedicated to amateur car restoration and appreciation.
And while the site isn’t incredibly lucrative for Treworgy, his story is an inspiration to nerds and enthusiasts everywhere, whether you dream of collecting vintage Beanie Babies or lightsabers.
Treworgy’s passion for muscle cars started when he was a teenage retail employee restoring cars to sell them for a profit in his off-hours. He made enough off his hobby that he was able to invest in land development, a lucrative venture in 80s’ Florida.
He continued pursuing his passion as he worked as a developer, eventually buying more cars than he sold and raising four private buildings to hold his growing collection.
And when Wal-Mart sold their Punta Gorda location on the development market, Treworgy was able to snap the property up for a cool $6.5 million, opening it to an appreciative public.
Treworgy’s museum is a haven made specifically for car enthusiasts. But his story is an inspiration to us all to keep doing what we love, whether that’s restoring cars or collecting 80’s editions of Marvel comics or building movie-accurate Star Wars weaponry.