Jan. 5, 2005
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Eccentric Aviation Pioneer’s Land Travel
Howard Hughes Car On Display at The Auto Collections

LAS VEGAS, NEV. – More than just a pioneering aviator, Howard Hughes became known as one of the wealthiest, most reclusive and most eccentric men in the world; spending much of his later years holed up in his suite on the Las Vegas Strip.
One of the symbols of the eccentricities of his later years is on display at The Auto Collections at the Imperial Palace. A 1954 Chrysler New Yorker, which was custom built for Hughes, is available for viewing at the hotel. The car was custom-fitted with an elaborate air purification system in the trunk of the car to ensure there was always clean air in the cab. The filtration system far exceeded the cost of the car at the time it was built.
Priced at $125,000, the car has only 1,600 original miles on it. The original bill of sale to Hughes is still in the window.
The Imperial Palace is home to the award-winning tribute show “Legends In Concert” and the Dealertainers. The hotel also hosts The Auto Collections, “The World’s Largest Classic Car Showroom.” Imperial Palace is the most central stop on the Las Vegas Monorail. In addition, the resort is famous for “Five Star Friendly Service;” and includes a race and sports book; 2,700 rooms and suites; world-class gaming and amenities; a seasonal poolside “Luau;” 40,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space; 10 specialty restaurants; 10 bars and lounges; state-of-the-art spa and fitness center; business center; concierge service; medical center and two new wedding chapels with reception facilities.
For more information visit the hotel’s Web site at

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