Harrah's Automobile Collection

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20 Jun 2007 21:18 #7265 by Chris Summers
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clydester wrote: All in all, even though there weren't rows of ACD cars, it was still a nice diversion from all the Vegas hoopla and lights.


Are you sure you aren't remembering the Imperial Palace Auto Collections? Harrah's was in Sparks, NV, on the outskirts of Reno.

The IP collection is, indeed, a shadow of its former self.

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20 Jun 2007 21:37 #7266 by Bill Hummel
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I was just out there two weeks ago. Not too many people in the museum.

Old and Tired was the feeling I got. Nothing exciting like the Blackhawk Museum or the ACD Museum.

I took some photos while I was out there. I will post them shortly.

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21 Jun 2007 19:52 #7274 by clydester
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clydester wrote: All in all, even though there weren't rows of ACD cars, it was still a nice diversion from all the Vegas hoopla and lights.


Are you sure you aren't remembering the Imperial Palace Auto Collections? Harrah's was in Sparks, NV, on the outskirts of Reno.

The IP collection is, indeed, a shadow of its former self.

You are correct. It was the Imperial Palace collection. I belive a few cars from harrahs did ultimately make it there....and interesting anecdote...A cousin is a high level guy with .Harrahs, who now owns the Imperial Palace Casino. The prvious owner of the IP was a bit weird and a huge fan of Adolf Hitler. There was allegedly a secret room full of Nazi regalia and a big birthday party would be held on Hitler's birthday each year.
He's also said there's always been a rumor that when Harrahs was sold, the severance package for some of the high up executives, included cars from the collection.

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22 Jun 2007 01:39 #7276 by Chris Summers
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clydester wrote: The prvious owner of the IP was a bit weird and a huge fan of Adolf Hitler. There was allegedly a secret room full of Nazi regalia and a big birthday party would be held on Hitler's birthday each year.


Nothing alleged about it. The Nevada gaming commission raided the IP and found it in the mid-1990s--there was a bunch of Mercedes 770Ks and Horches with documented Nazi history, plus swastikas galore, with the pieces de resistance two large paintings: one of Ralph Englestad (the IP's owner) in Hitler's dress uniform, signed "To Ralph, Love Adolf"; the other, Hitler in Englestad's jeans and work shirt, signed "To Adolf, Love Ralph."

Englestad claimed his father had been a prisoner at Auschwitz and died falling from a guard tower there. I have never seen any biography of the man, and I've read several, that authenticated that claim.

I've never heard the rumor about the severence packages, although several of Harrah's people did buy favorite cars, I believe. Clyde Wade, one of the longtime higher-ups at the collection, ran a restoration shop out of the building for a while, I believe. The building is now owned by Robert M. Lee and used to store his own megacollection.

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22 Jun 2007 21:59 #7280 by clydester
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As weird and .objectionable as that IP owner was, I'm not so sure what his fetish had to do with running a gambling casino.
As far as Vegas casino's go, the IP, per my cousin (who oversees the building of their new facilities/rehabs), is a dump.
The guy with the REALLY good job is the head of Harrahs who's office in Vegas overlooks a topless pool next door. I wonder how much work he gets done all day??? <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: -->

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22 Jun 2007 22:15 #7282 by Chris Summers
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The Imperial Palace bought multiple cars at the Harrah's auctions, mostly ones that were good deals (Englestad had an eye for a good bargain). They bought Duesenberg J-287, the Murphy Club Sedan built for George Whittell, for $242,500 in 1985.

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