Free Library’s $1M auto archives are moving to Philly’s world-famous car museum and to a Hershey attraction
By Gary Thompson – Philadelphia Inquirer.
Let’s say you want to restore your 1973 AMC Gremlin to its original, um, glory, but you can’t find the right factory-installed Levi’s denim upholstery. Where do you go for reliable information on how to keep that car in mint condition?
Well, thanks to an extensive and valuable auto archive — officially the Automobile Reference Collection — about to be liberated from the Free Library of Philadelphia, enthusiasts will soon have easier access to important provenance-proving material. The library announced Monday that it is selling the collection to the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in South Philadelphia and the Antique Automobile Club of America Library in Hershey.
Located in Philadelphia, PA, the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum is one of the world’s greatest collections of racing sports cars. Through our theme, “The Spirit of Competition”, we celebrate the history and evolution of these magnificent machines.
Assembled over 50 years by Dr. Frederick Simeone, the Museum contains over 75 historically significant cars including Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Bugatti, Mercedes, Jaguar, Bentley, Porsche, Aston Martin, Corvette, Ford, and more.