• Aug 7th 2010 at 8:02PM
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Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum – Click above for high-res image gallery

While traveling the country as part of the 2010 Mini Takes The States road rally, we stopped off at Philadelphia's Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum to get a closer look at some of the iconic cars that helped shape motorsport as we know it. This museum represents the personal collection of Dr. Frederick Simeone and features over 60 different cars from the full spectrum of automakers.

The museum isn't as glitzy and glamorous as you might expect, but that's not to say it's lackluster, either. There are no spotlights or interactive displays, and there are no one-offs or custom builds. Instead, you get an array of cars that saw actual competition. LeMans, Brooklands, Sebring, the Mille Miglia – it's all on display. What's more, the museum regularly takes the cars out to its three-acre parking lot for demonstration days.

Located near Philadelphia International Airport, the Simeone museum is open six days a week, and admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $8 for students and free for children ages eight and under. Group rates are available, and complete details are available over at the museum's website.

Scroll through our gallery below for a few dozen high-resolution photos of the beautiful cars on display, and if you're ever in Philadelphia, be sure to stop by and see the collection firsthand.

  • 1926 Bugatti Type 35
  • 1975 Alfa Romeo 33 TT 12
  • 1938 BMW 328
  • 1921 Vauxhall 30/98E
  • 1925 Alfa Romeo RL Super Sport
  • 1934 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Spider
  • 1954 Austin-Healy 100-4
  • 1950 Allard J2
  • 1929 Alfa Romeo Supersport
  • 1909 American Underslung
  • 1958 Aston Martin DBR1
  • 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B MM
  • 1953 Cunningham C4R
  • 1927 Mercedes-Benz Sportwagen
  • 1921 Duesenberg Race Car
  • 1956 Maserati 300S
  • 1934 MG K3 Magnette
  • 1972 Alfa Romeo GTV6
  • 1924 Lancia Lambda
  • 1933 Alfa Romeo Monza, 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900A
  • 1938 Peugeot Darlmat LeMans
  • 1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe
  • 1937 Auburn Supercharged Speedster

Photos by Steven J. Ewing / Copyright ©2010 AOL

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      • 5 Years Ago
      if im ever in the area, ill definetely go
      • 5 Years Ago
      Thank you for teach me.
      Cars Sale
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's a fantastic place to visit, and Dr. Simeone has happened to be there every time I've been- he's very low-key and happy to discuss his cars, cars in general, motorsport, competition, etc. He's also friends with Victor Muller (who just purchased Saab) and says that Victor tries to stop by whenever he's in the country for a visit :) Given that it's about 10 minutes from the Philadelphia airport, if you are ever flying into Philly or just have a layover for a few hours, take a cab or rent a car and GO! :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      I've gott'a get out more! Never heard of the place but they appear to have every car I've ever admired.......the collector certainly has taste to match his wallet -- not always a perfect match...Bruce
      • 5 Years Ago
      see wikipedia on the daytona coupe CSX 2287
      • 5 Years Ago
      We were just there a few weeks ago. Fortunately on one of the demonstration days!

      Dr. Simeone came out & told us about each car, & then they ran the cars around the parking lot.

      Saw a 1933 Alfa 8C 2300, '34 MG K3 & '36 Aston Martin Le Mans ripping around the lot!
      All cars that competed @ Le Mans.
      They didn't drive them "hard" but certainly didn't baby them for sure!

      Best part @ the end, Dr. Simeone was driving the Aston & his "employee" was driving the MG, & they were racing around the lot!

      Definitely go if you're in the area!
      • 5 Years Ago
      If you do go, make sure to go on an event day. The 4th Saturday of every non-winter month, weather permitting, they take some cars out and run them around. It starts at noon, and Dr Simeone talks about each car and how they fit the theme of the day (last month was LeMans in the 30s, earlier this summer was Alfa's 100th birthday, I think this month is the Bentley boys, etc), then they run them around the lot. They don't have enough room to really beat on them, but they usually smoke the tires at least once. All of the cars in the collection are in racing condition (unless a previous owner did some restoration). After the demonstration is over, the hoods are opened and you can get right up to the cars for pictures.

      The collection is absolutely amazing, and the Winner's Circle in particular has some once in a lifetime cars (the Bugatti 57G Tank that won LeMans, the 1938 Alfa 8C 2900B MM that won the Mille Miglia, the 1953 Cunningham C4R that won Sebring, the 1927 M-B Sportwagen that won Nuburgring(?), and the 1958 AM DBR1 that won something that I've forgotten). Absolutely a must visit, and on a demo day if possible. Seeing any of these cars run is just astounding.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I liketo learn aboutthe old days of racing.and the tracks and drivers. I figure that it is impt to learn to pass it allong tothe next generation. That way it is not lost. Great collection! I like the Alfas and the 8C in the background but a real rare one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      How did he acquire a Daytona Coupe??? That's an unbelievable collection and I love how he themed them. The C-type and the D-type look over restored but oh so beautiful...
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's the famous "Specter" Daytona -- Phil Specter bought it and gave it to his bodyguard who left it to his eccentric daughter. It spent over 30 years decaying in a storage unit until she took her own life around 2004 or so. Big ownership dispute but Simeone was quick and bought it...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh I heard about Phil Spector's Daytona. I can't imagine what kind of effort it took to buy one of those...
        • 5 Years Ago
        I was there, back in February for Corvette vs. Cobra demonstration day. Unfortunately they didn't actually drive the cars but they did start each of them up inside the museum. That Cobra has to be one of the coolest cars ever.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Any museum with an Alfa GTV-6 and a Cobra Daytona Coupe in original condition is a sure bet for me.
        • 5 Years Ago
        wonder how they can have GTV6 Alfa of 1972 when it was made between 1980–1987
        • 5 Years Ago
        I've been here, the collection is mind-blowing... agreed that the presentation is relatively bare, and it is a little dark in there, but if you think that is 1% as important as the magnificent cars in there, well...

        Dr. Simeone stresses un-restored cars for the most part, which is very cool and different vs. most museums...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Thanks for the tip AB, this place is 45-minutes from my area. I'll have to see if the car club is interested in a drive to check it out.
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