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Simeone museum lets you, the people, pick Demo Day cars


OK, we’ll admit it. The primary reason that we’re running this article is that we’re suckers for car collages such as the one above.

But there is another reason we’re sharing that wonderful illustration: Each month, the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia takes a few cars out of its indoor displays and exercises them in the museum’s parking lot.

Yes, it’s terrific to see such cars in any environment, but cars were made to be driven and Fred Simeone and his staff believe strongly in letting people hear exhaust notes and see cars in motion.

Usually, the staff makes the selections under a theme such as “Best of Italy” or “NASCAR Racing Legends.” But for November, it’s the People’s Choice Demo Day with all of us deciding which of the three cars above will be exercised by the museum staff at noon on Saturday, November 29.

Here’s how it works: You go to the museum website and cast your vote for three vehicles before 5 p.m. (Eastern) on Monday, November 24. The Simeone website will allow each person to vote only once, but your vote counts and the three winning cars will be announced at 5 p.m. Tuesday, the 25th and will roar into motion at noon on the 29th.


Below is the full list of the vehicles on the ballot, listed in chronological order:

1912 National Model 40 Semi-Racing Roadster
1913 Mercer Raceabout
1916 Oakland Model 38 Speedster
1916 Stutz Series 4C Bearcat
1921 Duesenberg 183 Grand Prix Race Car
1921 Vauxhall 30/98E Velox Tourer
1922 Paige 6-66 Daytona Speedster
1924 Lancia Lambda Third Series Tourer
1925 Alfa Romeo RLSS
1926 Bugatti Type 35
1926 Kissel 8-75 Speedster
1927 Bentley 3 Litre Speed Model
1927 Mercedes Benz S-Type Sportwagen
1927 Stutz Black Hawk Challenger
1928 Auburn 8-88 Boat Tail Speedster
1928 Stutz BB Black Hawk Speedster
1929 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 SS
1929 duPont Le Mans Speedster
1929 duPont Model G Speedster
1929 Stutz Supercharged Le Mans
1931 Bentley 4.5 Litre Supercharged Tourer by Vanden Plas
1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Le Mans
1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Mille Miglia Spyder
1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza
1933 Auburn V12 12-165 Speedster
1933 Squire Roadster
1934 MG K3 Magnette
1935 Auburn 851 Boat Tail Speedster
1936 Aston Martin Le Mans
1936 Bugatti Type 57G Tank
1936/48 Delahaye 135S /175S
1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900A
1937 BMW 328
1937 Supercharged Cord 812
1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B MM Spyder
1938 Jaguar 3.5 Litre SS 100
1938 Peugeot 402 Darl’Mat Racer
1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Coupe
1950 Allard J2
1952 Cunningham C-4R Roadster
1952 Jaguar C-Type
1953 Hudson Hornet Twin H-Power
1954 Austin-Healey 100-4 BN1
1954 Ferrari 375MM Pinin Farina Spyder
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe
1956 Jaguar D-Type
1956 Maserati 300S
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe
1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa
1958 Aston Martin DBR1
1959 Ferrari 250 GT Interim Berlinetta
1962 Ferrari 250 GTO
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport
1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe
1965 Ferrari 365 P Tre Posti Berlinetta Speciale
1966 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray 427 Roadster
1966 Ford GT40 MK II
1967 Ford MK IV
1970 Plymouth Superbird
1970 Porsche 917 LH
1975 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 TT 12


Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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