Preserving the Automobile: An Auction at the Simeone Foundation

Unique Preserving the Automobile auction promises and exceptional line-up

Preserving the Automobile
An Auction at the Simeone Foundation
7 Oct 2013
Philadelphia, Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum
Preserving the Automobile: An Auction at the Simeone Foundation

Fast-approaching Philadelphia sale to include the rare and the celebrated, from pioneering motor buggies to modern sports cars, all completely original

On October 7th at the impressive Simeone Automotive Museum in Philadelphia, Bonhams will host its forward-thinking Preserving the Automobile auction.

Consisting almost exclusively of cars in original, unrestored condition, this anticipated sale will present an extraordinary selection of automobiles from turn-of-the-century pioneering models, to diverse cars through the decades, to later-century sports cars.

With models representing Aston Martin, Cadillac, Ferrari, Jaguar, Packard, Pierce-Arrow and Rolls-Royce, to name a few, in addition to the remarkable cars from a private European collection that are to be offered without reserve, some of the many highlights include:

1904 Knox 16/18hp "Touraine" 4-Passenger Stanhope – a VCC-dated, London-to-Brighton Run finisher
1911 Panhard-Levassor Type Y 6.6-Litre 35hp Open Drive Limousine, formerly owned by Augustus Juilliard of Juilliard School of Music fame
1912 Pierce-Arrow Model 36 Vestibule Town Car – a rare survivor of an early formal car
1932 Cadillac V-16 All-Weather Phaeton – just two owners from new
1934 Aston Martin 1.5-Litre 2/4 Seater – formerly owned by Bill Cosby
1954 Jaguar XK120 SE Roadster – single owner from 1957-2010 with many period speed equipment upgrades
1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage – three owners from new with superior uprated factory specifications

And these are just a handful. With barn-finds like the 1967 Jaguar XKE Series I Open 2-Seater with just 24,000 original miles that had been hiding in storage for 40 years, to another low-mileage car, a 1964 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 with less than 27,000 miles, opportunity abounds for collectors of all interests.

Additionally, an extensive selection of American and European automobilia will also be presented, from art to parts, including, for example, the personal family collection of Alec Ulmann, founder of Sebring International Raceway, as well as a large quantity of Maserati engine components and spares.

Truly an event unique to the automotive auction world, Bonhams' universally praised Preserving the Automobile sale in Philadelphia is not to be missed. The auction will be held Monday, the 7th of October, with previews taking place the days prior, Saturday and Sunday. For a complete listing of motorcars and for more information, including registering to bid in person or absentia, please visit


Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street and Knightsbridge; and a further three in the UK regions and Scotland. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Connecticut in the USA; and Germany, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to

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