Philadelphia is known for many great attractions but many do not know about this hidden gem, the Simeone Foundation Museum. The museum feature many famous cars that had pioneered the auto racing industry in both the United States and around the world!
Cars such as 1964 Cobra Daytona Coupe, 1966 Corvette 427 Stingray, the 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Lemans, and others! The cars are housed under a stellar facility that has the capacity of holding over 100 cars; the building also has a testing area in the rear of the building as well as its own little shop. All of the cars are kept in such pristine condition through its various owners around the country.
At the time that I had went to visit, the museum was holding the “Best of Britain” segment. Can I just say, Aston Martin galore!
There were too many great vehicles to highlight, but here are a few that I had enjoyed at the museum.
One of the most beautiful cars at the museum was the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 that was featured in James Bond’s Goldfinger and Thunderball films.
Here is a view of another gorgeous 1964 Aston Martin DB5.
Located in the front is the 1975 Alfa Romeo 33 TT 12, which was used in the Targa Florio that were raced in the hills of Sicily. In the back, the 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza and the 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900A were used in the Mille Miglia race that translates to “Thousand Miles”. It was known to be one of the most famous races of its time.
Here is a view of the Le Mans racing series of vehicles.
In this picture are the 1953 Jaguar C-Type and 1956 Jaguar D-Type. These vehicles were used in the 12 hour Sebring races located in Central Florida.
Here is a view of one the American racing exhibit.
Usually every 4th Saturday of each month (except for November) they hold a demonstration day, where a talk is given about certain groups of cars, and the owner of the museum will take those cars out for a test drive to show its visitors! Even though it wasn’t the 4th Saturday, I got lucky because they did a demonstration that day.
This gorgeous vehicle below is a 1936 Aston Martin Lemans. It was a special day as they had test drove the vehicle outside in the gorgeous weather. Boy, did this car fly. It did not drive like an old vehicle that is for sure, or at least what I expected old cars to drive like. It ran beautifully and was such a stunning vehicle to display!
Here is a side profile view of the Aston Martin Lemans.
This vehicle is the 1929 Dupont Speedster.
The museum also features many current models such as the Aston Martin DB9.
This vehicle is known as the 1909 American Underslung. It was known for its ability to race for long periods of time.
Lastly, these vehicles were raced during Pre-World War I era. The pictured vehicles are a 1916 Stutz Bearcat, 1911-1913 Mercer Raceabout and 1912 National Speed Model.
I definitely had a great time and learned a lot about the history of automotive racing across the world. The museum constantly have different cars, so there is always something new to enjoy. Simply put, if you are a car lover and enjoy classic automobiles, this is definitely a place that you should visit!
For more information, please visit Simeone Foundation Museum website at http://simeonemuseum.org/.