Robert "Bob" Muza loved Corvettes, and was such an expert that representatives of General Motors even called him to ask questions about the car, said Gale Miller, his former brother-in-law.
“He probably bought and sold more than 100,” he said. “He was an encyclopedia about them.”
His most recent Corvette was a 1974 model, which he kept in showroom condition.
“It was beautiful, pristine,” he said. “You could’ve shown it at any auto show.”
Robert Muza, who was known as “Corvette Bob” or “Big Bob,” died Jan. 19. He owned Bob’s Corvette and Performance Center and had previously been parts manager at Baruch Olds. He was a 1965 graduate of Lew Wallace High School.
Muza, 66, of Hebron, always loved the car culture, Miller said, and had drag raced his old Chevy at the former U.S. 30 Drag Strip.
Muza suffered from diabetes and a heart problem, but never wanted to be seen as disabled, even after he became a double amputee and was in a wheelchair.
“He didn’t want anyone to help him out, even until the end,” he said. “He always bounced back.”
Muza had a strong work ethic and enjoyed working with cars and finding parts for people. He placed a high priority of his family and friends, Miller said.
“He was the kind of guy who always had something to talk about with anyone he met,” he said.