At a special ceremony held in London in November, the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia took home three Octane awards (formerly known as the International Historic Motoring Awards), including for 2017 International Automotive Museum of the Year. It was the second time the museum received the award, after first taking it in 2011.
Inaugurated in 2008, the non-profit Simeone Museum is known above all for its collection of 65 rare and legendary sports and racing cars, including a 1964 Cobra Dayton Coupe (the blue model you see in the picture above). Several are in the same condition as they were during their racing heydays. Museum director Fred Simeone has in fact always favoured preservation over restoration.
A rare occurrence in the domain of classic car displays and museums, every two weeks the Simeone puts on “Demo Days”, during which visitors can admire the cars being put though a few paces on the vast backlot of the facility.
It’s a must-visit destination for all classic-car lovers, at least once in their lives. Until you get to check that off your bucket list, treat yourself to this mega gallery of photos illustrating the vast majority of the collection. Just a little thank you to our readers for choosing Auto123.com. Happy Holidays!