Driving for Passion at the Simeone Automotive Museum

A visit to the Simeone Automotive Museum just might redefine the term "sports car" in your mind. Take, for instance, the 1909 American Underslung with 40-inch wheels.

Yes, you read that right. Forty. Inch. Wheels.

The museum (6825-31 Norwich Drive, Philadelphia) houses roughly 60+ different exotic sports cars in rotating exhibits, spanning 10 decades. Frederick A. Simeone chose each car for display with a purpose in mind: to illustrate the evolution of the automobile. See how competition in the industry caused cars to evolve in the early 20th century.

Even car enthusiast Jay Leno has visited the museum, where he got to test drive a few cars -- including a 1933 Squire Roadster, a duPont Le Mans replica and a 1952 Cunningham C4R.

While you won't quite get to do the same, you can still see some action on Demonstration Days, when race cars whip around the three-acre lot in back of the museum. You'll get your chance on the fourth Saturday of each month at noon

Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends. Admission is $12. 

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