Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum
February 2, 2016 - January 18, 2017
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Located just a few miles from Philadelphia International Airport, the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum is considered to be one of the world’s greatest collections of racing sports cars. Collector and founder, Philadelphian Dr. Frederick Simeone, has devoted more than 50 years creating this extensive collection that he refers to as “the spirit of competition.” Simeone has said that the competitive spirit has had a profound impact on the evolution of racing sports car design. It is human nature to want to improve, go faster, and to win – factors that have contributed to decades-long design advancements of racing sports cars.
Founded in 2008, the museum features more than “65 historically significant cars” that include Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Bentley, Bugatti, Chevrolet, Ferrari, Ford, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, and Porsche. From the 1909 American Underslung to the 2002 NASCAR Dyno Mule, the collection is a survey of more than 90 years of international racing sports car history.
The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum has received several prestigious honors from the renowned International Historic Motoring Awards – Museum of the Year (2011), Publication of the Year (2012), and Car of the Year (2014). It is also home to the 1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe – the first automobile to be named to the National Historic Vehicle Register and Historic American Engineering Record, a permanent archive of the Library of Congress.
In addition to its world-famous collection, the museum offers a variety of educational programs: most notably, Demo Days, when selected cars from the collection are driven on the museum’s 3-acre lot and participants are offered a lesson about each automobile’s history and provenance. Simeone has said that “each one has a story worthy of hearing.”
1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe, first automobile named to the National Historic Vehicle Register Collection Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum
Photo: Michael Furman