Celebrating the Spirit of Competition
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The Collection

The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum is one of the world’s greatest collections of racing sports cars. Through our theme, “The Spirit of Competition”, we celebrate the history and evolution of these magnificent machines. Assembled over 50 years, our Collection contains over 65 historically significant cars including Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Bugatti, Mercedes, Jaguar, Bentley, Porsche, Aston Martin, Corvette, Ford and more.

Below is a complete list of our exhibits and cars in the order which they are seen as one progresses through the Museum. Please be sure to click the “Read more…” link next to read a full bio for each car or exhibit.

Exhibit: Endurance Trial

The test of a car’s ability to travel long distances at (for the time) high speeds played a significant role in early automotive marketing. Most races or “tours” were from city-to-city or state-to-state, and distances increased as the years went on. Read more…

Exhibit: Endurance Trial

1909 American Underslung Traveler

The American Car Company was the first to focus on a sports car production. This car, which is the earliest in our collection, features 571 cubic-inch engine and 40-inch wheels. Read more…

1909 American Underslung Traveler

Exhibit: Pre World War I Racing

Exhibit: Pre World War I Racing

1912 National Model 40 Semi-Racing Roadster

The National was “Fastest stock car in the world”. Our car is in unrestored, original condition, and is the most powerful of the 3 cars in this exhibit. Read more…

1912 National Model 40 Semi-Racing Roadster

1913 Mercer Raceabout

This is the superior pre-World War I production sports car. Our car is in original, unrestored condition, and may be the only Mercer Raceabout with possible racing history. Read more…

1913 Mercer Raceabout

1916 Stutz Series 4C Bearcat

“The car that made good in a day” at the 1911 Indianapolis 500. Our car was restored by our Curator Kevin Kelly. Read more…

1916 Stutz Series 4C Bearcat

Exhibit: Automobile Racing Club of America

Despite an active program before WWI, there was virtually no organized sports car racing in the U.S. until several years after the Second World War. One group of enthusiasts, however, did try to recreate sports car racing as it was being done in Europe between the wars. Read more…

Exhibit: Automobile Racing Club of America

1927 Bentley 3 Litre Speed Model

Our car is the only vintage Bentley to race in America pre-WWII. It is in unrestored, original condition. Read more…

1927 Bentley 3 Litre Speed Model

1929 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 SS

This car was an active participant in the pre-war ARCA races, and is one of only 3 built with this body style. It is in unrestored, original condition. Read more…

1929 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 SS

Exhibit: Watkins Glen

The first serious attempt to revive sports car racing in the U.S. after WWII was at Watkins Glen, NY in 1948. Here the cars lined up, side-by-side, on the main street of this Finger Lakes resort town for the start of the race on public streets. Read more…

Exhibit: Watkins Glen

1950 Allard J2

Our car raced at Watkins Glen in 1951-1952, and retains its original 331 Cadillac engine. It is one of the most fearsome handling cars in the entire collection. Read more…

1950 Allard J2

1963 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport

This is one of the most important Corvettes in existence. It is in unrestored, original condition. Only 5 of these were ever built. Read more…

1963 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport

Exhibit: Bonneville Salt Flats

In Utah, the remains of a prehistoric lake left an extremely flat surface that is perfectly suited for high speeds. This type of competition is not side-by-side, but rather against the clock. By the 1930s, Bonneville was the world’s foremost venue for land speed record attempts, and remains so today. Read more…

Exhibit: Bonneville Salt Flats

1937 Supercharged Cord 812

This very special car was originally owned and restored by Dr. Fred Simeone’s father. It has been an important, sentimental part of our collection for over 60 years. Read more…

1937 Supercharged Cord 812

1954 Austin-Healey 100-4 BN1

These cars set new land speed records at Bonneville in 1953. Our car was acquired from its long-term owner via Hemmings classified ad. Read more…

1954 Austin-Healey 100-4 BN1

1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe

This car is the first of just 6 built, and is the only one left in original, unrestored condition. In 2014 it was named IHMA “Car of the Year”, and was the 1st car on HVA’s National Historic Vehicle Registry. Read more…

1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe

Exhibit: Brooklands Track

The amateur’s quest for speed and competition found a home at Brooklands in England in 1907, the first custom-built, banked racetrack in the world, where drivers could reach high speeds. Brooklands was similar in spirit to a high-end social club, where “Race with the Right Crowd” was the motto. In 1913, it was the setting where the first person went 100 miles in one hour. Read more…

Exhibit: Brooklands Track

1925 Alfa Romeo RLSS

This was Alfa Romeo’s first successful sports car. Our car raced at Brooklands and is one of approximately only 9 still in existence. Read more…

1925 Alfa Romeo RLSS

1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Mille Miglia Spyder

Our car was extensively raced at Brooklands, reaching 135 mph in 1938. It is in unrestored, original condition. Read more…

1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Mille Miglia Spyder

Exhibit: Timed Trials

Commonly we use the measurement “0-60″ to indicate the time duration to reach that velocity from a standing start. Timed trials were popular in England and measured the ability of a car to accelerate quickly, much the same as drag racing today. Read more…

Exhibit: Timed Trials

1931 Bentley 4.5 Litre Supercharged Tourer by Vanden Plas

Our car won the Isle of Man time trial in 1931. This “Blower Bentley” retains its original engine, chassis and body. It has a massive supercharger at the front. Read more…

1931 Bentley 4.5 Litre Supercharged Tourer by Vanden Plas

Exhibit: Hillclimb

Very popular in England, hill climbs were the test of a car’s pulling ability as well as its speed and power. A driver with one or more passengers would start at the bottom of a hill and see how quickly they could race to the top. Read more…

Exhibit: Hillclimb

1921 Vauxhall 30/98E Velox Tourer

This car was acquired sight-unseen using a family Christmas card as the only reference picture. It is a genuine “barn find” in original, unrestored condition. Read more…

1921 Vauxhall 30/98E Velox Tourer

Exhibit: Nurburgring

The Nürburgring was opened in 1927, the same year that Mercedes and Benz were joined. The 14-mile Nordschleife (northern loop) of the Nürburgbring track is still in use today as an open public race course. It is also used as a proving ground for automobile manufacturers to develop their cars. Read more…

Exhibit: Nurburgring

1937 BMW 328

Our car is in unrestored, original condition with only 16,000 km. During WWII, it was hidden under hay in a farmyard to protect it from certain seizure by German authorities. Read more…

1937 BMW 328

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe

This car was capable of racing successfully right off the showroom floor. It is in unrestored, original condition, and was acquired from a New York Times classified ad in 1970. Read more…

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe

Exhibit: Match Race

“To the victor goes the spoils.” A match race is a duel between two competitors for monetary gain or bragging rights. The presidents of the American Stutz Motor Company and the French Hispano Suiza were unable to concede who made the better car, so they went to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to settle the score. Read more…

Exhibit: Match Race

1928 Stutz BB Black Hawk Speedster

The Black Hawk was America’s stock car speed champion of the late 1920s. Our car is a a genuine “barn find” in original, unrestored condition. Read more…

1928 Stutz BB Black Hawk Speedster

Exhibit: Targa Florio

Exhibit: Targa Florio

1926 Bugatti Type 35

These cars won the Targa Florio 4 consecutive years. Our car is recognized as one of the most original, unrestored examples in existence. Read more…

1926 Bugatti Type 35

1975 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 TT 12

This car won the World Championship in 1975 and 1977. It is the ultimate evolution of the famous Tipo 33 series. Read more…

1975 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 TT 12

Exhibit: Mille Miglia

The Mille Miglia (“Thousand Miles”) started in 1927 and was one of the most popular races in Europe. The cars departed from Brescia on the “partenza,” as shown in the diorama, and raced down the east coast of Italy to Rome, making a circle back to where they started, a distance of about a thousand miles. Read more…

Exhibit: Mille Miglia

1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza

Our car finished 2nd in the 1933 Mille Miglia, and competed at Le Mans in 1938. It retains its original engine, body, chassis and transmission, an extraordinary rarity for this model. Read more…

1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza

1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900A

Our car is one of only 2 built, and finished 2nd in the 1937 Mille Miglia. It is a genuine “barn find” that was miraculously located in Argentina. Read more…

1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900A

Exhibit: Rifornimento

At a distance of over one thousand miles, the Mille Miglia was a difficult race to finish, much less win. Cars would run out of gas, blow tires, become involved in accidents. Thankfully, there were local repair shops that would come to the rescue. Read more…

Exhibit: Rifornimento

1924 Lancia Lambda Third Series Tourer

This was the first car with independent front suspension and unibody construction. Our car is in original, unrestored condition. Read more…

1924 Lancia Lambda Third Series Tourer

Exhibit: Sporty Cars

Exhibit: Sporty Cars

1916 Oakland Model 38 Speedster

Oakland was one of of the very few post-WWI companies which marketed their cars for sporting purposes. This car is in unrestored, original condition. Read more…

1916 Oakland Model 38 Speedster

1922 Paige 6-66 Daytona Speedster

This model was the 1st American car to break 100 mph in stock form. Our car is one of less than 5 in existence. Read more…

1922 Paige 6-66 Daytona Speedster

1926 Kissel 8-75 Speedster

This “sheep in wolf’s clothing” certainly has the looks, but its mundane performance betrays its sporting appearance. Read more…

1926 Kissel 8-75 Speedster

1928 Auburn 8-88 Boat Tail Speedster

This car was the first of Auburn’s legendary Boat Tail Speedsters. It was one of the few sporting cars available during this time period. Read more…

1928 Auburn 8-88 Boat Tail Speedster

1929 duPont Model G Speedster

Our car was owned by aviators and lived a very interesting life. It is in unrestored, original condition, and only 6 are known to still exist. Read more…

1929 duPont Model G Speedster

1933 Auburn V12 12-165 Speedster

These are the rarest and fastest of Auburn’s speedsters. Only 14 of these cars were built, and very few are left. Read more…

1933 Auburn V12 12-165 Speedster

1933 Squire Roadster

Squire built these cars to such a high standard, and at such great cost, which unfortunately put the company out of business. Only 7 were built. Read more…

1933 Squire Roadster

1935 Auburn 851 Boat Tail Speedster

Dr. Simeone’s father Anthony acquired this car in the mid-1960s, and it has been in our collection since then. It has traveled only 17,000 miles. Read more…

1935 Auburn 851 Boat Tail Speedster

1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe

This car belonged to Dr. Simeone’s father Anthony, and has been in our collection for over 40 years. It is in unrestored, original condition. Read more…

1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe

1966 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray 427 Roadster

Our car features a 427 V8 engine which makes 425 hp. It is in original, unrestored condition. Read more…

1966 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray 427 Roadster

1990 Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo

The debut of this car announced the arrival of the Japanese as makers of world-class sports cars. Our car is in original, unrestored condition. Read more…

1990 Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo

Exhibit: History of NASCAR

The History of NASCAR

1938 Ford Coupe Louise Smith Replica

This is a replica of the car which was campaigned by “the first lady of racing”, Louise Smith. Read more…

1938 Ford Coupe Louise Smith Replica

1953 Hudson Hornet Twin H-Power

These cars dominated NASCAR racing in the early 1950s. Our car won many hillclimb races and its nickname is “Satan of Morimar”. Read more…

1953 Hudson Hornet Twin H-Power

1970 Plymouth Superbird

With their high wings and streamlined design, these big block monsters dominated NASCAR racing in 1969-70. Our car was acquired in an eBay auction. Read more…

1970 Plymouth Superbird

Exhibit: Sebring

While Watkins Glen brought sports car racing back to the U.S., it was the Sebring 12-hour race that brought international racing to the States. The Sebring circuit is still used today, with the 12 Hours of Sebring as a major race in the United SportsCar Championship. Read more…

Exhibit: Sebring

1952 Jaguar C-Type

Our car came in third in the 1953 Sebring 12 Hour race. It retains the original body, engine and chassis. Read more…

1952 Jaguar C-Type

1956 Jaguar D-Type

Our car came in third in the 1956 Sebring 12 Hour race where it was demonstrated by Juan Manuel Fangio. Acquired in 1984 with Mick Jagger as an underbidder. Read more…

1956 Jaguar D-Type

Exhibit: Rally Racing

The object of rallying is to reach certain points at specific times to become the overall winner. Rallies are generally held on a wide variety of roads, from smooth paved asphalt, to washed out desert trails. This requires an extremely rugged chassis, and an equally tough driver and navigator. Read more…

Exhibit: Rally Racing

1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Coupe

Our car competed extensively in Rally races. It features a Grand Prix chassis and engine underneath its beautiful Oblin coachwork. This car is in unrestored, original condition. Read more…

1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Coupe

1938 Jaguar 3.5 Litre SS 100

These cars were European rally champions in the late 1930s. Our car was sympathetically restored in the early 1980s. Read more…

1938 Jaguar 3.5 Litre SS 100

Exhibit: Le Mans

The 24 Hours of Le Mans is the most prestigious endurance sports car race in the world. Until 1970, the drivers would run across the track to their parked cars, jump in and roar away for the “Le Mans” start. The car that goes the farthest in 24 hours is the winner. Usually two, three, or even four drivers are used for each car. Read more…

Exhibit: Le Mans

1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Le Mans

Our car is 1 of only 8 built, and was raced at Le Mans by the famous Lord Earl Howe. These superior race cars won at Le Mans 4 times in a row from 1931-34. Read more…

1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Le Mans

1934 MG K3 Magnette

This car finished 4th at Le Mans in 1934, the best-ever result for MG. It is in unrestored, original condition. It is known as the “Lost MG”, having disappeared for many years. Read more…

1934 MG K3 Magnette

1936 Aston Martin Le Mans

Our car is one of only two 2-liter cars specifically built for the 1936 Le Mans race, which was cancelled due to a labor strike. It is in original, unrestored condition. Read more…

1936 Aston Martin Le Mans

1936/48 Delahaye 135S/175S

This car raced at Le Mans 4 times in its remarkable 15-year competition life. It is in original, unrestored condition. Read more…

1936/48 Delahaye 135S/175S

1938 Peugeot 402 Darl’Mat Racer

Our car is one of only 3 built specifically for the 1938 Le Mans race, with many special features that differentiate it from the road-going version. Read more…

1938 Peugeot 402 Darl’Mat Racer

1954 Ferrari 375MM Pinin Farina Spyder

This car competed in only 1 race in Italy, adding to its remarkable condition. It was later owned by the famous actor William Holden, and is 1 of only 12 made. Read more…

1954 Ferrari 375MM Pinin Farina Spyder

1956 Maserati 300S

Our car raced at Le Mans twice in 1956-1957. It was later fitted with a Corvette V8 before being reunited with its original engine after many years. Read more…

1956 Maserati 300S

1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa

This “red head” has extensive racing history in the USA. It was acquired in the late 1980s after being heavily sought-after for many years. Read more…

1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa

1959 Ferrari 250 GT Interim Berlinetta

Only 7 of these cars were built, using a short wheelbase body on top of the long wheelbase chassis. This car is on loan to the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum from Mr. Luigi Chinetti, Jr. Read more…

1959 Ferrari 250 GT Interim Berlinetta

1962 Ferrari 250 GTO

An unparalleled combination of looks and success make this one of the most imortant and sought-after cars in the world. This car is on loan to the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum from Mr. Bernard Carl. Read more…

1962 Ferrari 250 GTO

1970 Porsche 917 LH

This longtail “Hippy Car” was purpose-built for Le Mans, where it reached nearly 240 mph en route to 2nd place in 1970. Read more…

1970 Porsche 917 LH

Exhibit: America’s First International Win

For the first half of the 20th century, America rarely sent cars to compete in races overseas, despite the extensive worldwide attention these competitions received. To this day, nobody truly and definitively knows why. Read more…

Exhibit: America's First International Win

1921 Duesenberg 183 Grand Prix Race Car

This car is 1 of only 3 built. It raced in the 1921 French Grand Prix at Le Mans, and also finished 2nd in the 1922 Indianapolis 500. It was found at a used-car lot in Kensington, Philadelphia. Read more…

1921 Duesenberg 183 Grand Prix Race Car

Exhibit: America at Le Mans

Here we honor the few American cars that seriously competed at Le Mans. Stutz, duPont, and later the Cunningham made strong efforts to win, but came up short. It was the Ford Motor Company that finally won in 1966 and 1967 with cars similar to the ones in our exhibit. Read more…

Exhibit: America at Le Mans

1927 Stutz Black Hawk Challenger

This extraordinarily rare car is a true “barn find” in original, unrestored condition. It was acquired in 1970 via AACA classified ad. A similar car came in second at Le Mans in 1928. Read more…

1927 Stutz Black Hawk Challenger

1929 duPont Le Mans Speedster

This car was made by the duPont factory to replicate their 1929 Le Mans entrant, which nearly won the race. Only 3 of these cars still exist. Read more…

1929 duPont Le Mans Speedster

1929 Stutz Supercharged Le Mans

Our car raced at Le Mans in 1929 and led for many hours before retiring. It is the only example of this model still in existence. Read more…

1929 Stutz Supercharged Le Mans

1966 Ford GT40 MK II

Our car ran at Le Mans in 1966, the only race in its competition history. It is one of the most original GT40s in existence. Read more…

1966 Ford GT40 MK II

1967 Ford MK IV

Our car ran at Le Mans in 1967, the only race in its competition history, and then it was outlawed. This car is in unrestored, original, as-raced condition. Read more…

1967 Ford MK IV

Exhibit: Winner’s Circle

Each of the cars in our Winner’s Circle exhibit comes from the 5 major competing countries: Germany, France, Italy, USA and England. Each of these cars was the actual winner in a major race, and represents the zenith of design and engineering for the period in which it raced. Read more…

Exhibit: Winner's Circle

1927 Mercedes Benz S-Type Sportwagen

This car won the first German Grand Prix at the famous Nurburgring race track. Only 8 were built, and this is the only one which still exists. Read more…

1927 Mercedes Benz S-Type Sportwagen

1936 Bugatti Type 57G Tank

Our car won the 1937 Le Mans race, and later set many land speed records. Only 3 were built, and this is the only one which still exists. Read more…

1936 Bugatti Type 57G Tank

1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B MM Spyder

This car won the 1938 Mille Miglia, and only 4 were built. It is one of the earliest additions to our collection, and is the ultimate pre-war racing sports car. Read more…

1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B MM Spyder

1952 Cunningham C-4R Roadster

Our car won its class at Le Mans in 1954, the first such victory for an American manufacturer. Only 2 of these open-top cars were ever built. Read more…

1952 Cunningham C-4R Roadster

1958 Aston Martin DBR1

This car won the 1958 Nurburgring 1000km race and raced at Le Mans 4 times. It was driven by legends such as Stirling Moss, Jim Clark, Jack Brabham and Carroll Shelby. Read more…

1958 Aston Martin DBR1