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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