Important Demo Day Related Announcement!

Reference Library

This library was the impetus for the amazing and world-renowned museum we have today.
The origin of the library is quite simple. A young Fred Simeone approached the curator of the Automotive Collection at the Free Library of Philadelphia, asking if there was any way he could help. The curator tasked the inquisitive 10-year-old with getting two copies of every piece of sales literature: one for the Free Library of Philadelphia and one for Fred to keep. Fred did keep one, and over the course of his lifetime, Dr. Simeone amassed the largest collection of factory-produced automotive literature in the world.

Some Contents of the Library


  • Dating from the late 1880s to Modern Day
  • 1800+ Different Manufacturers


  • Racing
  • Scrapbooks
  • Postcards
  • Personalities


Race Programs and Catalogs

Assorted Automotive Books

  • By Marque
  • Tracks and Races
  • Different Forms of Racing
  • General Automotive
  • Repair and Owners Manuals

Automotive Magazines

  • Dating from the late 1800s to Modern Day

Design Sketches
Auto Ephemera and Automobilia Automotive Art

Services Offered

The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum offers both research and scanning services for a charge based on the quantity and type of service request. Please use the form below for service requests and pricing quotes.

Contact Museum Librarian Ryan Bollinger

Hours and Info

6825 Norwitch Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19153
Tuesday – Friday 10AM through 6PM
Saturday – Sunday 10AM through 4PM
Closed Mondays and Major Holidays

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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