Sunday, August 15, 2010

The Auto Collections at The Imperial Palace

This collection was a bit of a surprise for me, as I didn't expect there to be quite so many unique cars hidden away here. I knew the billing claimed a 300 car collection, I didn't realise just how little filler was involved in this collection.

The Auto Collections are an auto museum located on what used to be the 5th floor of the parking garage at the Imperial Palace in Las Vegas. They are home to cars spanning from a replica 1887 Benz 3 wheeler to late model supercars including a Jaguar XJ220 and 3 Ford RS200's. There are also almost 40 custom built Rolls Royce's, many billed as "1 of 2 in existence" and also a number of rare Cadillacs, including one of 200 'bicentennial' El Dorado's ever built.

Group B Rally fans would find plenty to drool over here too, in addition to the 3 RS200's I've already mentioned, there's a Lancia 037 road car and 2 MG Metro 6R4's, including one driven by the late Henri Toivonen.

In short, if you have a couple of days in Vegas, and you're a car nut, this is definitely somewhere you must visit. It's only a short walk if you're staying on the centre strip and if you're not, then all roads lead to the centre strip anyway and you could very easily and cheaply catch a monorail or bus ride here.

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