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Driving a $10 MILLION 1 of 2 CORVETTE in the SNOW!

Don't forget to subscribe here for more Simeone videos- The awesome 1963 Corvette Grand Sport and the 1966 Corvette 427 Roadster driving in a crazy April snowstorm, at the Simeone Museum in Philadelphia, PA. At the "Road to Track" demonstration day on April 9, 2016. 01:05 Driving in the Snowstorm 04:21 Car Discussion and Closeups 10:11 Car Startups and driving back to exhibits Transcript: Well, that was something I could have never imagined. I think Dr. Simeone has figured out a great way of allowing people to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the cars in a way that still preserves them for generations to come. Dr. Simeone and curator Kevin drive 3-4 cars each demo day, with about 20 demo days a year. Every car in the museum is fully operational. Today gave me a whole new level of respect for him, and all of the people at the museum. A large number of people came out to see these cars run. Nobody expected any cars to drive in such terrible conditions. But Dr. Simeone had the perfect solution. He specifically said after his discussion that they would drive the two fiberglass body cars, the only two that would not have potential rust from the massive amount of precipitation. A decision that would withhold the ethos that these cars are meant to be driven, yet simultaneously having the respect towards preservation. You will definitely see the patina on the cars. Most of the cars in the collection are unrestored. You will not mistake these cars for replicas, you will see the history. I’ve been a member at the Simeone Museum for about 2 years now, and I haven’t missed many of their Demonstration Days. I remember in 2014, when the cars for one demo were already outside, Dr. Simeone and curator Kevin drove two classic Auburns in light snowfall. But, today was quite different. The demo day started as typical in the cold months, inside the museum with an interesting discussion by Dr. Simeone. Today’s theme was “Road to Track” essentially turning road cars into race cars. There were 3 cars that were to be featured. First was the Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe based on the AC Cobra road car. This Daytona is the very first one built, and the only built in the US. I don’t blame Dr. Simeone one bit for not wanting to potentially wash off the signatures of Caroll Shelby, Phil Hill and Bob Bondurant. Second was the Corvette Grand Sport. Yep, the new C7 Grand Sport is an awesome car, but it is nothing compared to the original. This one is Chassis 002, out of 5 built. In 2009, this car was put up for sale with a final bid of $4.9 million, and it did not sell on the block. Dr. Simeone made a deal and brought it to the museum here in Philadelphia. I say approximately $10 million because it is now 7 years after the auction, and I see cars far less rare and with far less racing pedigree skyrocketing in value. I don’t doubt that the car is worth more than $10 million. The third car to be featured was the Jaguar C-Type. Essentially a racing version of the roadgoing XK120, a similar C-Type won the 1953 24 Hours of Le Mans. Because of the inclement weather, the museum presented a few additional cars to make up for the fact that the cars were not going to drive outside. First, the 1966 Corvette 427 Roadster. In spite of having the same general shape, Dr. Simeone heard that the only interchangeable part the Grand Sport had with the road car was the door handle. Perhaps true, perhaps not, but few spots on the car look the same. The second additional car was the Jaguar SS100, one of the first Jaguar sports cars and a predecessor to the C-Type. All of the aforementioned cars are on permanent display at the museum. I noticed another car off to the side, one not ever at the museum before. It was a Buick Roadmaster, and this one was the exact car from the movie Rain Man. The car was at the museum for a special event to raise money for the Autism Speaks charity. A beautiful car and a great cause. Well, now you can listen to the 1966 427, the Grand Sport and the Daytona starting up with their glorious V8’s and heading back to their exhibits. On a personal note, at my first demo day in March 2014, this Grand Sport was the car that got me really interested in cars again after a long time focused almost entirely on aviation. The way the roar of the Grand Sport echoes through the museum is something I look forward to every time it drives. If you’re wondering why the sound could be better during the outside segment, it’s because my camera’s microphone was drenched in snow. Please give this video a like if you enjoyed it and definitely subscribe to see plenty more videos featuring the awesome cars of the Simeone Museum, other car videos, aviation videos, and photo/video gear videos. Thank you so much for watching!
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