Museums: Blackhawk showcases ‘Transatlantic Style’

Buick Y-Job arrives at the Blackhawk for Transatlantic Style exhibit | Blackhawk museum photo
Buick Y-Job arrives at the Blackhawk for Transatlantic Style exhibit | Blackhawk museum photo

Saturday is Deuce Day at the Petersen

Just unveiled and running through September 30, the Blackhawk Automotive Museum in Danville, California, offers what figures to be one of the most talked-about exhibitions of the year — “Transatlantic Style: A Romance of Fins and Chrome.”

Featuring about two dozen stunningly designed automobiles, the exhibition is based on the book, Stile Transatlantico / Transatlantic Style, by author Donald Osborne and photographer Michael Furman. Continue reading

Simeone adds classics to Philly’s new car show

Some of the vehicles in Simeone's 2016 Philadelphia Auto Show display | Museum photos
Some of the vehicles in Simeone’s 2016 Philadelphia Auto Show display | Museum photos

As it does annually, the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum will provide people attending the Philadelphia Auto Show with something to see other than the newest in bright and shiny sheet metal. The Simeone will participate in a display of vintage vehicles. Continue reading

After 9 decades, family gives Renault racer to Simeone museum

1907 Renault was one of the cars ordered byWilliam K. Vanderbilt | Simone museum photo
1907 Renault was one of the cars ordered byWilliam K. Vanderbilt | Simone museum photo

The Simeone Museum has received what it is calling a “landmark gift,” an iconic 1907 Renault Racing Roadster given to the museum by its owner for the past nine decades.

“The story of this wonderful gift requires a bit of explanation, which we proudly reiterate,” the museum said in its news release. Continue reading

Bidding at Preservation auction exceeds pre-sale estimates

Each year, the Simeone museum hosts auction to encourage preservation of historic vehicles | Bonhams photos
Each year, the Simeone museum hosts auction to encourage preservation of historic vehicles | Bonhams photos

You don’t find resto-mods or concours-level restorations at Bonhams annual Preserving the Automobile Auction. Instead, the event features barn finds and original vehicles with the intent that they be conserved and preserved as historic artifacts.

The fifth annual “Preserving” auction was held Monday at its usual location, the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia, a venue convenient for those headed to the AACA Fall Meet, that festival of vintage vehicles in Hershey. Continue reading

Simeone museum opens voting for People’s Choice Demo Day

Simeone museum’s People’s Choice Demo Day candidates (the Nissan 399ZX Turbo is not shown) | Simeone Foundation photos

The remarkable Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, which not only allows visitors to view the collection of sports/race cars in exhibits but to watch them drive and hear them run during Demo Days, has scheduled its annual People’s Choice Demo Day for November 28 starting at noon.

The difference here is that the Philadelphia museum asks that its “dear friends and fans” choose which three cars they would like to see and hear during the event held in the museum’s three-acre parking lot. Continue reading

Wanderer, Rainier and locomotive top Bonhams auction at Simeone museum

1936 Wanderer W25 K tops 'Preserving the Automobile' auction at Simeone museum | Bonhams photos
1908 Rainier Model D brings $253,000 at ‘Preserving’ auction at Simeone museum | Bonhams photos

Bonhams’ “Preserving the Automobile” auction at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia is timed to accommodate people headed to Hershey for the huge AACA Fall Meet, which features a massive swap meet where people buying ancient autos might find many of the parts needed to keep them in running order.

The fourth annual Bonhams sale, held Monday at the museum which has championed preservation over restoration, posted an 86 percent sell-through rate and $3.3 million in sales. The auction included not only its typical fare of unrestored automobiles but also pre-Civil War locomotives. The locomotives had been part of the Chicago Museum of Science & Industry collection and sold to what Bonhams termed “institutional” buyers. Continue reading

Simeone museum to honor racer David Hobbs

Driver David Hobbs waves to the crowd during the Indianapolis 500 | Simeone Automotive Museum
Driver David Hobbs waves to the crowd during the Indianapolis 500 | Simeone Automotive Museum

The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum has announced the winner of its annual Spirit of Competition honoree: veteran British racing driver and TV commentator David Hobbs.

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Historic rail locomotives added to ‘Preservation’ auction at the Simeone

The Mississippi on display at Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago | Bonhams photo
The Mississippi on display at Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago | Bonhams photo

It’s not only automobiles that will be offered at Bonhams’ “Preserving the Automobile” auction October 5 at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia. Several historic railway locomotives that have spent the past 80 years at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago also will be part of the auction.

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Brass Era cars featured in Bonhams’ Simeone sale

1907 Sterns among Brass Era cars offered at Bonhams sale at the Simeone | Bonhams photos
1907 Sterns among Brass Era cars offered at Bonhams sale at the Simeone | Bonhams photos

On October 5, and for the fourth year in a row, Bonhams will conduct a “Preserving the Automobile” auction at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia. Museum founder Fred Simeone, a renowned surgeon, has been a champion of preserving rather than restoring historically important vehicles, and Bonhams notes in its news release that the sale “is wholly distinct in its focus on authentic, historically accurate and unrestored motorcars.” Continue reading

Simeone Automotive Museum hosts supercar exhibit

A 2015 Aston Martin Vanquish will be one of the modern supercars on display | Simeone Museum photos
A 2015 Aston Martin Vanquish will be one of the modern supercars on display | Simeone Museum photos

Twenty of the world’s greatest supercars will be on display April 4-19 in a special exhibit at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia, featuring an international selection from the US, Italy, England, Germany and Japan. Continue reading