America’s First International Win

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For the first half of the 20th century, America rarely sent cars to compete in races overseas, despite the extensive worldwide attention these competitions received. However, in 1921 a Duesenberg race car (not a sports car) won at Le Mans with an American, Jimmy Murphy, driving.

The next Le Mans victory for an American car was not until 1966, when a Ford GT40 MkII, similar to the one in our exhibit, won.

This is the only car in the exhibition which is not a sports car: it does not have fenders or lights and is incapable of road usage. One of them was victorious, the only international race victory for America until 1966. This is one of the three cars that raced at Le Mans in 1921, and the only intact survivor.

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About the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum

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.

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