The Best Vegas Attraction You’ve Ever Never Visited

Posted Monday, September 12, 2011 by in Las Vegas, Las Vegas Casinos, The Quad, Things to Do. 4 Comments.

The Auto Collections at Imperial Palace just might be the best Las Vegas attraction you haven’t seen yet.

It took us awhile to visit, but once we did, we instantly became lifelong fans. Though this blog doesn’t think of itself as “a car person,” the Auto Collections might just turn us into one!

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This is the 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Gurney Nutting Fixed-Head Coupe. Say that five times fast.

The Auto Collections reside in a dizzingly massive (125,000 square feet) showroom, and there are more than 250 automobiles on display. More than a museum, the cars at The Auto Collections are for sale.

Auto Collections at Imperial Palace

Greasemonkey heaven.

The sheer enormity of the collection makes this a must-see on the Las Vegas Strip. Cars are bought and sold all the time, so the collection is ever-changing, and there’s always something new to see.

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The view from the security catwalk. We know people.

Handy placards are on display with each vehicle, spelling out the details about the car’s make, model and often-colorful history.

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We almost kissed this Lamborghini on the mouth, but we couldn't find, you know, an actual mouth.

Along with cars you’ll recognize instantly, you’re bound to see dozens of rare and obscure cars you never even knew existed.

Each car in the collection is a fun discovery for kids of all ages, making this one of the more family-friendly things to do on the Strip.

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The spectacularly-photographed grill of a 1951 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Saoutchik Coupe. Probably.

Just when you think you’ve seen all the cars, there’s another room to explore. You’ll see antique cars, muscle cars, custom hot rods, cars from movies and those formerly owned by celebrities (Elvis among them), exotics, race cars and concept cars rarely seen by the public.

It might be overwhelming to choose a favorite car, but you kind of have to. This blog’s favorite would have to be the 1946 Delahaye 135MS Selborne Roadster (pictured below), mainly because of its solex side carburetors, whatever those might actually be. The suggested price: $350,000. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find an ATM that day, but we’ll be back!

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We'll be back for you, darling, promise.

The Auto Collections at Imperial Palace also feature an expansive auto-inspired gift shop open seven days a week, 10:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m. The collection is located on the fifth floor of the IP, and admission is $8.95 for each adult, $5 for seniors and children 12 and under (kids under three are free).

Auto Collections gift shop

Even if you can't afford an antique car, you'll find something to love in the Auto Collections gift shop.

It’s time to buckle up, recline your seat and cruise the information superhighway in the form of one of our lame photo galleries.

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4 Responses

  1. Please keep us posted if the Auto Collection will still be there as the date of the IP’s closure nears.  I usually make a trip to Vegas in June and always stay at the IP, but sadly, I’ve never been to the Auto Collection.  I will remedy that on my next trip if it’s still there.  Thanks!

  2. Anonymous

    Definitely, Andy. It’s amazing, and we’ll be watching what ends up where.

  3. mas sato

    its been several years since i had been to Auto Museum. Looking forward to seeing it again but the photos show more classics vs. the old customs & hot rods. But im glad its low cost and complimentary too. Looking forward to staying at the Quad for a different experience early in Jan 2013 after CES. masato

  4. Anonymous

    Thanks for your note. We love the Auto Collections as well, whether it’s at IP or The Quad.

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