Real estate mogul displays classic car collection for the public

September 26, 2011

Produced by Eight Forty-Eight

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Classic Cars from the Imperial Auto Collection
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Classic Cars from the Imperial Auto Collection
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R. Kelly's Rolls Royce from the Imperial Auto Collection
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R. Kelly's Rolls (notice the rare Gold hood ornament) from the Imperial Auto Collection
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Classic Cars from the Imperial Auto Collection
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Classic Cars from the Imperial Auto Collection
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Classic Cars from the Imperial Auto Collection

The collecting bug hits a lot of people - and before they know it, they've got home full of comic books or record albums or tchotchkes shaped like owls. Larry Klairmont had the bug but it left him with a slightly bigger problem. He collects cars and has displayed 350 of them in a massive building on Chicago’s Northwest Side.  The 84-year-old real estate investor still rises early to work at the office but his afternoons are filled by putting the finishing touches on the Imperial Auto Collection: The Klairmont Collection. 

Contact 773-685-1904 for more information about the collection, including public opening hours.

Music Button: Ursula 1000, "Stinger", from the album Mondo Beyondo, (ESL)