Vintage European rally cars for Simeone Demo Day

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The 1948 Talbot-Lago T26 is a recent addition to the Simeone Automotive Museum | Bonhams
The 1948 Talbot-Lago T26 is a recent addition to the Simeone Automotive Museum | Bonhams
The 1948 Talbot-Lago T26 is a recent addition to the Simeone Automotive Museum | Bonhams

The Simeone Automotive Museum will feature its latest acquisition, a 1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Coupe, during the Philadelphia collection’s next Demo Day, which takes place Saturday and will showcase significant European competition rally cars.

The public event – called “Rally!” – starts at noon and includes four of the greatest examples of vintage race cars that competed in European road rallies. The Talbot-Lago will be joined by a 1935 Jaguar 3.5 Liter SS 100, a 1954 Austin Healey 100-4 BN1 and a 1956 Mercedes 300SL Gullwing.

Demonstration days at the Simeone are designed to bring special cars out of the museum, and sometimes from other collections, so visitors not only can learn about the cars but see them in action.

“Using the expansive three-acre parking lot behind the museum, you can see, hear and smell history come to life through these magnificent machines,” according to the Simeone museum website.

For tickets and information, see simeonemuseum.org.

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.