Dr. Frederick Simeone: 1936 - 2022
It is with a heavy heart that we share the unfortunate news of Dr. Frederick Anthony Simeone’s passing. Dr. Simeone was a friend of What’s My Car Worth and was kind enough to allow us to film in his museum for our TV show. He was most accommodating and gracious with both his time and his collection.
Dr. Simeone’s father introduced him to the collector car world and is where his passion for vintage and classic cars originated. Dr. Simeone started building his collection by purchasing race cars when they were no longer competitive on the track, but he knew which ones would become significant due to their results in past years. It was a brilliant way to build his collection since most of them weren’t worth a great deal simply because they had been replaced on the track by the next greatest thing, but their values would certainly increase in time.
Dr. Simeone had a particular appreciation for preserved cars, vastly preferring them over nut-and-bolt restorations. It’s said that his Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe is the most original of all the surviving Cobra Daytona Coupes.
He had a great appreciation for the Austin-Healey 100-4, telling us that it was one of his favorite cars. At one time he owned three of them at once, all preserved, unrestored, in original condition. He enjoyed the pure experience of driving the 100-4 with its 2.6L inline 4 cylinder engine that packed plenty of torque.
Dr. Simeone will be missed by all of us here at WMCW and by the collector car world at large. A public memorial will be held Thursday, June 16 at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia between 3 – 7 PM. Anyone who would like to write a message or share a video with his family and friends may do so at this link. We also suggest taking the time to read more about his life in the obituary posted by the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum here.