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Simeone Automotive Museum -- July 2008, March 2010, Nov. 2010 & Sept. 2011

The Simeone Foundation opened its race car museum in Philadelphia in June 2008. I visited the facility for the first time on July 12, 2008.

I used my handheld Nikon D300 and Nikkor 18-200mm VR zoom to photograph the bulk of Dr. Fred Simeone's impressive collection of 64 vintage automobiles. His racing cars are grouped according to the venues or types of racing in which they competed. For more information on the museum, its exhibits and its cars, visit http://www.simeonefoundation.org or http://simeonemuseum.org/.

I updated this gallery's titles/captions on July 28, 2008. I added three photos of the museums's latest acquisition -- a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport race car -- on March 15, 2010. I added 21 photos on Nov. 15, 2010, mostly of sporty road cars I had no time to photograph before. On May 22, 2012, I added three photos of a 1963 Ferrari 250 LM. I shot those pictures on Sept. 17, 2011.

I have settled on the following picture control settings as my D300 defaults: picture control STANDARD, sharpening 7, saturation +1, contrast 0, brightness 0 and hue 0. These were the settings I used to take the photos featured in this gallery. I relied on normal and high Active D-Lighting to deal with the museumís contrasty lighting and to extend my imagesí dynamic range. My other settings were: focus mode AF-S; AF-area mode single; VR control on; exposure modes programmed automatic, aperture-priority auto and full manual; metering mode center-weighted; color space sRGB; and image format JPEG fine.

Having only a limited amount of time available for photography, I usually shoot JPEGs that I try to nail down in such a way that little or no further work outside the camera would be necessary. Crucial in this effort are the accuracy and consistency of my D300's calibrated LCD monitor (brightness -2).

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1956 Maserati 300S
1956 Maserati 300S
1909 American Underslung
1909 American Underslung
1909 American Underslung
1909 American Underslung
1916 Stutz Bearcat
1916 Stutz Bearcat
1912 National Speed Car ... A car identical to this one won the 1912 Indianapolis 500.
1912 National Speed Car ... A car identical to this one won the 1912 Indianapolis 500.
1913 Mercer Raceabout
1913 Mercer Raceabout
1929 Alfa Romeo Super Sport ... Supercharged Alfas like this one won road races in Europe in the late 1920s and early 1930s.
1929 Alfa Romeo Super Sport ... Supercharged Alfas like this one won road races in Europe in the late 1920s and early 1930s.
1927 Bentley 3.5 Litre Speed Model
1927 Bentley 3.5 Litre Speed Model
1927 Bentley 3.5 Litre Speed Model ... Red Label Bentleys like this one won many events, such as the 1924 and 1927 LeMans races.
1927 Bentley 3.5 Litre Speed Model ... Red Label Bentleys like this one won many events, such as the 1924 and 1927 LeMans races.
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing
1950 Allard J2
1950 Allard J2
1937 Supercharged Cord ... A Cord similar to this one set speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats in 1937.
1937 Supercharged Cord ... A Cord similar to this one set speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats in 1937.
1954 Austin-Healey 100-4
1954 Austin-Healey 100-4
1954 Austin-Healey 100-4 ... A car similar to this one set records at Bonneville in 1953.
1954 Austin-Healey 100-4 ... A car similar to this one set records at Bonneville in 1953.
1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe, CSX2287, 1st of only six Daytona Coupes built, GT class winner at 1964 12 Hours of Sebring.
1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe, CSX2287, 1st of only six Daytona Coupes built, GT class winner at 1964 12 Hours of Sebring.
On Nov. 4, 1965, in the Bonneville Salt Flats, this particular car set 23 world stock-car speed and endurance records.
On Nov. 4, 1965, in the Bonneville Salt Flats, this particular car set 23 world stock-car speed and endurance records.
It ran at least 150 mph for 12 hours ... and covered 1,931 miles in 12 hours.
It ran at least 150 mph for 12 hours ... and covered 1,931 miles in 12 hours.
It broke records set in 1936 by the Bugatti Tank that's in the Simeone collection.
It broke records set in 1936 by the Bugatti Tank that's in the Simeone collection.
It was the first and last Daytona Coupe to be raced in the '60s. And it is the only one that remains in its original condition.
It was the first and last Daytona Coupe to be raced in the '60s. And it is the only one that remains in its original condition.
A restored 1965 version was sold for $7.25 million ($7.685 million with buyer's premium) in California in 2009.
A restored 1965 version was sold for $7.25 million ($7.685 million with buyer's premium) in California in 2009.
1934 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Spider
1934 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Spider
1925 Alfa Romeo RL Super Sport
1925 Alfa Romeo RL Super Sport
1930 Bentley 4.5L Supercharged
1930 Bentley 4.5L Supercharged
1930 Bentley 4.5L Supercharged ... This particular car won the 1930 Isle of Man Timed Trials.
1930 Bentley 4.5L Supercharged ... This particular car won the 1930 Isle of Man Timed Trials.
1921 Vauxhall 30/98E
1921 Vauxhall 30/98E
1937 BMW 328
1937 BMW 328
1926 Bugatti Type 35
1926 Bugatti Type 35
1975 Alfa Romeo 33 TT 12
1975 Alfa Romeo 33 TT 12
1975 Alfa Romeo 33 TT 12
1975 Alfa Romeo 33 TT 12
1933 Alfa Romeo Monza. ... Another one sold for $6.71 million in Pebble Beach in August 2010 (including 10% buyer's pemium).
1933 Alfa Romeo Monza. ... Another one sold for $6.71 million in Pebble Beach in August 2010 (including 10% buyer's pemium).
This particular 1933 Alfa Romeo Monza finished second in the 1933 Mille Miglia.
This particular 1933 Alfa Romeo Monza finished second in the 1933 Mille Miglia.
1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900A
1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900A
This particular 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900A came in second in the 1937 Mille Miglia.
This particular 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900A came in second in the 1937 Mille Miglia.
1924 Lancia Lambda
1924 Lancia Lambda
1928 Stutz BB Blackhawk Speedster
1928 Stutz BB Blackhawk Speedster
1928 Stutz BB Blackhawk Speedster
1928 Stutz BB Blackhawk Speedster
1953 Jaguar C-Type
1953 Jaguar C-Type
1953 Jaguar C-Type ... C-Type Jaguars won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1951 and 1953.
1953 Jaguar C-Type ... C-Type Jaguars won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1951 and 1953.
This particular 1953 Jaguar C-Type came in third in the 1953 Sebring 12-hour race.
This particular 1953 Jaguar C-Type came in third in the 1953 Sebring 12-hour race.
1938 Jaguar SS-100 3.5L
1938 Jaguar SS-100 3.5L
1938 Jaguar SS-100 3.5L
1938 Jaguar SS-100 3.5L
1972 Alfa Romeo GTV6
1972 Alfa Romeo GTV6
1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Le Mans
1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Le Mans
Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Le Mans ... Only eight of these Alfas were made and they were Le Mans winners in 1931, 1932, 1933 and 1934
Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Le Mans ... Only eight of these Alfas were made and they were Le Mans winners in 1931, 1932, 1933 and 1934
1936 Aston Martin Le Mans
1936 Aston Martin Le Mans
1936 Aston Martin Le Mans
1936 Aston Martin Le Mans
1936 Aston Martin Le Mans ... Made for the Le Mans race, only two of this model were built.
1936 Aston Martin Le Mans ... Made for the Le Mans race, only two of this model were built.
1938 Peugeot Darlmat Le Mans
1938 Peugeot Darlmat Le Mans
1938 Peugeot Darlmat Le Mans
1938 Peugeot Darlmat Le Mans
Peugeot Darlmat Le Mans ... Only three were built in 1938, and three in 1937.
Peugeot Darlmat Le Mans ... Only three were built in 1938, and three in 1937.
1936 Delahaye 135S
1936 Delahaye 135S
The chassis of this 1936 Delahaye 135S won the 1938 Le Mans race.
The chassis of this 1936 Delahaye 135S won the 1938 Le Mans race.
1954 Ferrari 375MM
1954 Ferrari 375MM
1954 Ferrari 375MM
1954 Ferrari 375MM
A car similar to this 1954 Ferrari 375MM won the 1954 Le Mans race.
A car similar to this 1954 Ferrari 375MM won the 1954 Le Mans race.
1954 Ferrari 375MM
1954 Ferrari 375MM
1956 Maserati 300S ... This was raced by Stirling Moss and Jean Behra.
1956 Maserati 300S ... This was raced by Stirling Moss and Jean Behra.
1956 Maserati 300S ... A 1955 300S was sold in 2006 at an RM auction in Arizona for $1.925 million.
1956 Maserati 300S ... A 1955 300S was sold in 2006 at an RM auction in Arizona for $1.925 million.
1956 Maserati 300S
1956 Maserati 300S
1956 Maserati 300S and 1954 Ferrari 375MM
1956 Maserati 300S and 1954 Ferrari 375MM
1958 Ferrari Testa Rossa -- A 1957 model was sold in Italy in May 2009 for US$12.4 million.
1958 Ferrari Testa Rossa -- A 1957 model was sold in Italy in May 2009 for US$12.4 million.
1958 Ferrari Testa Rossa -- A 1957 model was sold in Pebble Beach in August 2011 for US$16.39 million.
1958 Ferrari Testa Rossa -- A 1957 model was sold in Pebble Beach in August 2011 for US$16.39 million.
1970 Porsche 917LH ... A 917 was sold for $3.976 million at an auction in August 2010 in Monterey, Calif.
1970 Porsche 917LH ... A 917 was sold for $3.976 million at an auction in August 2010 in Monterey, Calif.
1970 Porsche 917LH ... This particular long-tail 917 finished second in the 1970 Le Mans 24-hour race.
1970 Porsche 917LH ... This particular long-tail 917 finished second in the 1970 Le Mans 24-hour race.
This 1921 Duesenberg race car was one of three that raced at Le Mans in 1921, one of which won.
This 1921 Duesenberg race car was one of three that raced at Le Mans in 1921, one of which won.
This is the only intact survivor of the three 1921 Duesenbergs that competed in the 1921 Le Mans race.
This is the only intact survivor of the three 1921 Duesenbergs that competed in the 1921 Le Mans race.
1927 Stutz Blackhawk
1927 Stutz Blackhawk
1929 Stutz Supercharged Le Mans
1929 Stutz Supercharged Le Mans
1929 DuPont Le Mans Speedster
1929 DuPont Le Mans Speedster
This 1966 Ford GT40 Mk. II is a sister car of the Mk. II that won the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans. Two others finished 2nd and 3rd.
This 1966 Ford GT40 Mk. II is a sister car of the Mk. II that won the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans. Two others finished 2nd and 3rd.
This 1966 Ford GT40 Mk. II, chassis no. XGT1, retired from the race after five hours.
This 1966 Ford GT40 Mk. II, chassis no. XGT1, retired from the race after five hours.
1966 Ford GT40 Mk. II, raced by Alan Mann Racing, driven by Sir John Whitmore and Frank Gardner
1966 Ford GT40 Mk. II, raced by Alan Mann Racing, driven by Sir John Whitmore and Frank Gardner
1967 Ford GT Mk. IV, chassis no. J-8
1967 Ford GT Mk. IV, chassis no. J-8
This 1967 Ford GT Mk. IV is a sister car of the Mk. IV that won the 1967 Le Mans 24-hour race.
This 1967 Ford GT Mk. IV is a sister car of the Mk. IV that won the 1967 Le Mans 24-hour race.
1958 Aston Martin DBR1 ... in Winners' Circle
1958 Aston Martin DBR1 ... in "Winners' Circle"
1958 Aston Martin DBR1, foreground ... driven by Jim Clark at 24 Hours of Le Mans
1958 Aston Martin DBR1, foreground ... driven by Jim Clark at 24 Hours of Le Mans
1958 Aston Martin DBR1 ... This particular car won the 1958 Nurburgring 1000 km race.
1958 Aston Martin DBR1 ... This particular car won the 1958 Nurburgring 1000 km race.
This 1958 Aston Martin DBR1 was driven to victory by Stirling Moss and Jack Brabham.
This 1958 Aston Martin DBR1 was driven to victory by Stirling Moss and Jack Brabham.
1952 Cunningham C4R
1952 Cunningham C4R
1952 Cunningham C4R ... This particular car won the 1953 Sebring 12-hour race.
1952 Cunningham C4R ... This particular car won the 1953 Sebring 12-hour race.
1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B MM ... This particular car won the 1938 Mille Miglia.
1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B MM ... This particular car won the 1938 Mille Miglia.
1936 Bugatti 57G Tank ... This particular car won the 1937 Le Mans 24-hour race.
1936 Bugatti 57G Tank ... This particular car won the 1937 Le Mans 24-hour race.
1927 Mercedes-Benz Sportwagen ... This particular car won the 1927 Nurburgring race.
1927 Mercedes-Benz Sportwagen ... This particular car won the 1927 Nurburgring race.
1927 Mercedes-Benz Sportwagen
1927 Mercedes-Benz Sportwagen
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport ... joined the museum's collection in 2009
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport ... joined the museum's collection in 2009
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport ... acquired after a high bid of $5 million failed to meet the reserve price at an auction
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport ... acquired after a high bid of $5 million failed to meet the reserve price at an auction
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport, one of five built by General Motors and one of only two roadsters
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport, one of five built by General Motors and one of only two roadsters
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport replica body ... used for vintage car racing to preserve original body
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport replica body ... used for vintage car racing to preserve original body
1956 Jaguar D-Type ... This particular car finished 3rd overall in Sebring in 1956.
1956 Jaguar D-Type ... This particular car finished 3rd overall in Sebring in 1956.
1956 Jaguar D-Type ... This particular car finished 3rd overall in Sebring in 1956.
1956 Jaguar D-Type ... This particular car finished 3rd overall in Sebring in 1956.
1956 Jaguar D-Type ... D-Type Jaguars won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1955, 1956 and 1957.
1956 Jaguar D-Type ... D-Type Jaguars won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1955, 1956 and 1957.
1953 Jaguar C-Type ... This particular car finished 3rd overall in Sebring in 1953.
1953 Jaguar C-Type ... This particular car finished 3rd overall in Sebring in 1953.
1953 Jaguar C-Type ... This particular car finished 3rd overall in Sebring in 1953.
1953 Jaguar C-Type ... This particular car finished 3rd overall in Sebring in 1953.
1953 Jaguar C-Type ... C-Type Jaguars won the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1951 and 1953.
1953 Jaguar C-Type ... C-Type Jaguars won the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1951 and 1953.
1934 MG K3 Magnette ... This particular MG finished 4th overall in Le Mans in 1934.
1934 MG K3 Magnette ... This particular MG finished 4th overall in Le Mans in 1934.
1967 Bizzarrini P538, on loan from private collector
1967 Bizzarrini P538, on loan from private collector
1966 Ferrari 365P Berlinetta Speciale, one of two built ... on loan from Luigi Chinetti, Jr.
1966 Ferrari 365P Berlinetta Speciale, one of two built ... on loan from Luigi Chinetti, Jr.
1933 Squire Roadster
1933 Squire Roadster
1935 Auburn 851 Boat Tail Speedster
1935 Auburn 851 Boat Tail Speedster
1935 Auburn 851 Boat Tail Speedster
1935 Auburn 851 Boat Tail Speedster
1933 Auburn V12 12-165 Boat Tail Speedster
1933 Auburn V12 12-165 Boat Tail Speedster
1933 Auburn V12 12-165 Boat Tail Speedster, one of 14 built, rarest of Speedster models
1933 Auburn V12 12-165 Boat Tail Speedster, one of 14 built, rarest of Speedster models
1928 Auburn 8-88 Boat Tail Speedster
1928 Auburn 8-88 Boat Tail Speedster
1928 Auburn 8-88 Boat Tail Speedster, part of the first line of Auburn Speedsters
1928 Auburn 8-88 Boat Tail Speedster, part of the first line of Auburn Speedsters
1929 DuPont 2-Passenger Speedster
1929 DuPont 2-Passenger Speedster
1926 Kissel 8-75 Speedster
1926 Kissel 8-75 Speedster
1922 Paige Daytona 6-66 Speedster
1922 Paige Daytona 6-66 Speedster
1916 Oakland Speedster
1916 Oakland Speedster
1963 Ferrari 250 LM, on loan from Luigi Chinetti, Jr. (9932)
1963 Ferrari 250 LM, on loan from Luigi Chinetti, Jr. (9932)
1963 Ferrari 250 LM, on loan from Luigi Chinetti, Jr. (9921)
1963 Ferrari 250 LM, on loan from Luigi Chinetti, Jr. (9921)
1963 Ferrari 250 LM, on loan from Luigi Chinetti, Jr. (9928)
1963 Ferrari 250 LM, on loan from Luigi Chinetti, Jr. (9928)