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Jewels of the Auto World

At The Auto Collections in Las Vegas, visitors can view some of the finest cars ever produced -- and with sufficient cash, even bring one home

Leave it to Las Vegas to house one of the largest classic car showrooms on the planet. Nestled in the parking structure at the Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino, The Auto Collections boasts 125,000 square feet of pure automotive bliss.

Every day, more than 3,000 visitors pour in to ooh and ah at the huge selection of antique, classic, muscle, and special-interest vehicles. While celebrity cars like Howard Hughes's 1929 Duesenberg J Murphy Disappearing Top Roadster or Marilyn Monroe's 1959 Cadillac Fleetwood tend to draw the biggest crowds, the showroom also has plenty of other limited-edition and one-of-a kind autos on hand -- from a 1933 Pierce Arrow Silver Arrow to a 1961 Aston Martin DB4/GT Zagato.

And for the ultra-enthusiast, The Auto Collections provides an opportunity to do more than just look. In 1999, after nearly two decades in business, owners and long-time classic car industry veterans Don Williams and Richie Clyne started selling the cars on exhibit. Today, each and every one of the 300 plus cars on the showroom floor -- as well as 400 more stored in off-site warehouses -- is available for purchase. You won't find price stickers on the windows, but vehicles range in value from a mere $25,000 to upwards of $5 million, with the average price hovering at slightly under $200,000. In the past six years, they've sold nearly 3,000 automobiles to buyers around the world.

Though The Auto Collections' fame rests on its sheer volume and variety of mint-condition, expertly restored classic cars, it also prides itself on convenient one-stop shopping -- handling everything from financing to insurance and shipping. "You can purchase your car here, and the next thing you know it arrives at your home," says General Manager Rob Williams. "Everything is taken care of for you." Whether you're window-shopping or looking for a classic car, enjoy the tour.

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