Celebrating the Spirit of Competition

2018 Philadelphia Auto Show

Catch the Simeone Museum on display at the 2017 Philadelphia Auto Show

The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum will make its 10th straight appearance at the 2018 Philadelphia Auto Show from January 27th through February 4th. You’ll find our display on the Broad Street side, at the Show Entrance, right near the escalators.

We will feature the following cars on display:

1907 RENAULT 35/45 VANDERBILT RACER

When William K. Vanderbilt, Jr. saw the results of the 1906 French Grand Prix, he was immediately impressed with the performance of the winning Renault car. At Vanderbilt’s request, the French automaker created 10 scaled-down replicas of the winning Grand Prix racing car. These replicas were purchased by many of Vanderbilt’s racing enthusiast friends who would race them in public and private matches. A little more than 100 years later, only five are known to remain.

1926 KISSEL 8-75 SPEEDSTER

The Kissel Motor Car Company was an American auto and truck manufacturer founded in 1906. Although Kissel made over 35,000 autos, less than 150 are known to exist today. Kissel’s sharp design made it the car of choice for many celebrities of the day including Amelia Earhart and Jack Dempsey. Kissel cars of this period are known for their notable bicycle fenders, a straight hood through windshield base, and horse-collar radiator shell.

1933 AUBURN V12 12-165 SPEEDSTER

The Auburn Automobile Company was a short-lived automotive manufacturer from 1900-1937. In 1935, Auburn introduced an affordable line of 12 cylinder cars that had a much better performance (and price) than many of their 8 cylinder competitors. The V12 12-165 Speedster represents the most extraordinary and the fastest of all Auburn’s speedsters. Only 14 of these cars were built and few remain, making them among the rarest of all classic cars, even in their day. The Simeone Auburn Speedster is the only known example to retain its original white Vogue tires.

1949 HUDSON COMMODORE

Hudson was the first automobile manufacturer to get involved in stock car racing. Before the rise of the famed Hornet, the Hudson Motor Car Company produced high-quality luxury cars like the Hudson Commodore, sold between 1941 and 1952. During its time in production, the Commodore was the largest and most luxurious Hudson model. The 1948 model year inaugurated Hudson’s trademarked “Monobuilt” construction or “step-down” automobile, making them both safer and much lower than most other contemporary cars.

1956 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL GULLWING COUPE

The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL was introduced as the first iteration of the Sport-Lightweight (SL Class) grand tourer and was the fastest production car of its day. It’s iconic styling, gull-wing doors, and sleek lines made it immediately recognizable, a fact that stands to this day. These factors, combined with the fact that less than 1400 were ever made, make the 300SL one of the most collectible Mercedes-Benz models of all time.

1960 DAIMLER SP250

Daimler is known as Britain’s oldest car manufacturer and was the first automobile to drive on the grounds of the Palace of Westminster. Daimler even provided cars to the British Monarchy for the first half of the 1900s. In 1959, the Daimler SP250 was launched at the New York Motor Show, where it was unofficially voted the ugliest car present. Originally known as the Daimler Dart, it’s named was changed after being threatened with legal action by Chrysler’s Dodge division, and was changed to SP250 to match its original project number. Between 1960-67, over 130 known races had Daimler SP250’s entered resulting in at least 20 class wins. In 1960, Jaguar purchased the Daimler Company from their parent company BSA and ended production of the line soon after.

1967 BIZZARRINI P538S

Giotta Bizzarrini began his career as a test driver for Alfa Romeo and later worked as an engineer for Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, and Lamborghini. Throughout his life, he dreamed of creating a race car that was entirely his own, including both the engine and chassis. The P538S is a product of that dream and is one of just two cars in the world that include both a Bizzarrini original chassis and a Bizzarrini designed Lamborghini V12 engine.

1970 PLYMOUTH SUPERBIRD

Plymouth introduced the Superbird in order to win at NASCAR by modifying a Roadrunner and installing either a 426 Hemi, a 440 Super Commando, or a 440 Commando with a six pack carburetor. With their high wings and streamlined design, these big block monsters dominated NASCAR racing in 1969-70. Its 200 mile per hour speed set in March 1970 at Talladega was a NASCAR record. By the end of the 1970 racing season, the car was outlawed by NASCAR and became a victim of its own performance.

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Auto Show Floor Plan:

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