Simeone Collection 2007
In a non-de script warehouse, somewhere deep within the confines of downtown Philadelphia, there is an incredible collection of sports racing cars. The collection of Dr. Fred Simeone is one of those which a person could drive past for years, never knowing it was there. On an evening in July '07, while attending the Vintage Triumph Register Convention, I was lucky enough to be invited along on a tour. Dr. Simeone personally guided us through what has to be one of the more impressive private collections I have ever seen. Unlike unlike many collectors, rather than present over restored art in formal dining room conditions, the Simeone collection lives in a working environment. I suspect the bulk of his collection needs only a little gas and a battery to run. Beyond what you see here, there are C and D-Type Jags, multiple additional Alfa Romeos, a 300S Maserati, Ferraris, a blower Bentley, the first Cobra Daytona Coupe and others. A big thanks goes out to Dr. Simeone for hosting us. It was an amazing once in a lifetime experience. Update: Since my visit in 2007 the collection has been moved to proper museum setting. While this means more folks will get to see the collection, it comes at the expense of this incredible informal setting. Being able to shoot photos without barriers in the way was truly special.
1933 Squire Roadster, powered by supercharged Anzani engine. One of seven made.
1954 Cunningham C-4R. Sebring 12 hour race winner.
1926 Kissel 8-75 Speedster. Popular with the Hollywood crowd.
1933 Alfa Romeo 8C-2300. Raced by Lord Howe in the 1933 Le Mans 24 hours.
1930 Du Pont Speedster, built for the Du Pont Family. One of approximately 5 remaining. One of two in the Simeone Collection.
1929 Alfa Romeo Supersport. Owned and raced in the US by Sam Byrd. Unrestored.
1936 Aston-Martin Le Mans Speed Model. One of two built.