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Last chance to view Reno's classic cars?

Wave good-by to seven Duesenbergs, a 1932 Rolls-Royce Salamanca, a 1932 Bugatti Coupe, and a 1922 Mercedes Targa Florio Racer, among other rare and wonderful cars. The world's largest car collection--Harrah's Automobile Collection in Reno--is being auctioned off over the next two years.

With help from the city of Reno, the newly organized William F. Harrah Automobile Foundation is raising money to build a downtown museum and keep 300 of the most prized vehicles from the 1,100-car holding. "The present collection has acres and acres of cars," says Ben Dasher, chairman of foundation trustees. "We plan to display 200 or so cars at a time and change them more often."

The next auction hasn't scheduled, but to learn more, write or call Harrah's, Box 10, Reno 89504; (702) 788-3244. Meanwhile, you can still see most of the original assemblage, housed in 13 buildings covering 12 acres in northeast Reno. Touring the collection

Because the assortment is so huge--and organized only by make of car--pick up a free map brochure at the ticket counter. At the special events and display areas, sign your name in the guest book. During the day, 20 to 25 names are chosen at random for a 10-minute ride in a 1910 touring Oldsmobile or other antique. Most autos on display have been restored to mint condition. You can see some restoration work being done Mondays through Thursdays in Showroom 3. Besides the cars, there's a Pony Express Museum with 15,000 pieces of Western american artifacts, a locomotive building, frontier gambling exhibit, and automotive library.

To get to Harrah's from Interstate 80, take the Rock Boulevard exit south to Glendale Avenue, turn east, and follow signs. Or you can ride free from Harrah's Hotel Lake Street Transportation Center in a vintage Fifth Avenue double-decker bus, 1933 Renault bus, or a motorized San Francisco cable car. They leave on every hour and return on every half-hour from 9 to 6 daily.

The collection is open daily 9 to 6; admission costs $5 adults, $3 ages 6 to 15; children under 6 get in free with an adult. If you'd like to find out more about the foundation, write to Box 21477, Reno 89515, or call (702) 358-8600.
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