With the July sun warming our souls, last winter’s snow, slush and bitter freeze is now but a distant, cold memory, but the warmth of summer is as fleeting as a $10K “Buy It Now” ’69 Z/28 on eBay. Soon, the cooler temperatures will arrive and the cycle of weather will begin anew.
But take heart: car guys and car gals now have a new winter destination. Located in sunny and warm, Melbourne Florida, the brand new American Muscle Car Museum is set to open this October – and it’s everything you’ve ever dreamed a car museum could be.
The 128,000 square foot facility will house over 200 classic high-performance cars – rumored to be worth about $25 million. You won’t be rushing through rooms of classic Beamers, Triumphs or cute lil’ Messerschmitts either – this place is going to be 100% Pure. American. Muscle!
The facility is being built by Marl Pieloch, Chairman of the Board at PSPC Inc., which patented an arthritis remedy for companion animals. A registered pharmacist, Pieloch also founded Pet Flavors (PF Inc.), a company that manufactures flavor bases for chewable tablets, soft chews, and granules for dogs and cats. Active in the animal welfare community, Pieloch donated $1.5 million for the construction of the Pieloch Pet Adoption Center in Lincoln, NB.
Located on a 42-acre tract off Interstate 95 (only 90 minutes south of Daytona International Speedway), the facility will contain a 90,000-square-foot showroom, which is completely solar-powered. It will also include a 15,000 sq. ft. vehicle maintenance building, including offices and a manager’s residence. Pieloch set an initial budget of $10 million to build the museum, part of which included more than $1 million for the rows of solar panels that will supply the museum’s electrical needs.
“This collection contains roughly 80 national first-place show winners and 25 Indianapolis 500 pace cars. There are 35 vehicles with less than1,000 original miles on the odometer,” said Pieloch. “In total, I have 18 Yenkos and 18 Shelbys and over 30 Corvettes. My collection is mostly General Motors, Ford and Mercury muscle cars, with some Mopars.”
This includes 7 Boss Mustangs, Don Yenko’s personal car, a COPO Camaro, a 1969 Yenko Camaro with 9900 original miles, a 1972 Yenko Vega Wagon (1 of only 50 made) and a turbo-charged 1981 Yenko Camaro Stage III, which is 1 of 3 ever built and the only Stage III Camaro known to exist.
If you’d like to make a trip to the American Muscle Car Museum, be aware that it won’t be open to the public on a daily basis. As a nonprofit facility, it will host car shows, corporate events and fundraisers for charitable organizations. For example, the SCCA (Sports Car Club of America) will hold autocross races in the parking lot. It’s best to check the museum’s website events page to see when events will be held and schedule your trip accordingly. (www.americanmusclecarmuseum.com/muscle-car-events.html)
A trip to the Daytona 500 in February could become even more exciting when you can also take-in a visit to the American Muscle Car Museum.