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Take a “behind the scenes” tour of some of the most unique cars in the collection that are not on display in the museum galleries. The Vault is home to cars representing over 100 years of automotive history, some of which have rarely been seen by the public. A docent will guide you through the Vault while sharing stories about a selection of the cars in our diverse collection.

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Visitors will see turn-of-the-twentieth-century cars, head-of-state cars, cars belonging to Hollywood legends, award-winning hot rods, cars that pushed the boundaries of innovation, and many other surprises. A few examples include a 1952/1956 Chrysler Imperial Parade Phaeton used by Presidents Eisenhower and Nixon; a 1923 Rolls-Royce owned by legendary actor Fred Astaire; the gold-plated, two-time AMBR (America’s Most Beautiful Roadster) winning roadster “Golden Star”; and the 30th of only 50 innovative Tuckers ever built – all in 1948.

Starting on Sunday, May 1 the daily vault tour times will be changing to 10:30am, 12:30 pm, and 2:30pm, with a 4:30 pm tour on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Call Visitor Services at (323) 930-CARS with any questions.

Backpacks, food, and drink are not allowed in the Vault. Photography, while permitted in the galleries, is not permitted in the vault. Visitors are asked to refrain from touching the vehicles and must stay together with their group. If visitors would like to take a Vault Tour but require additional accessible resources, such as interpreters or touch-based tours, please call Visitor Services at (323) 964-CARS during museum hours at least two weeks prior to visiting.