Village People: Larry Klairmont, From Maywood To Top Of Motoring World

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Larry  Klairmont, inside of his private museum of classic cars. | Klairmont Kollections

Larry Klairmont, a 91-year-old Maywood native and prominent businessman who now lives in Highland Park, debuted his award-winning collection of classic cars at the Chicago Auto Show, which started last weekend.

The prized collection, called Klairmont Kollections, features some 350 vehicles that span the history of motoring. They include a 1929 Auburn 8-120 Sport Sedan, a 1932 Cadillac V16 Fisher Sedan and a 1974 Excalibur SS Phaeton.

Klairmont, who is a WWII Marine Veteran and a critical component of the family business, Imperial Realty, has become widely known as having one of the country’s best automotive collections.

Klairmont houses his collection in a private, 100,000-square-foot museum in Chicago. In a 2016 Chicago Tribune article, Klairmont revealed some of the cars he preferred to get around in at the time.

“His daily driver is usually his new Tesla Model S,” the Tribune article noted. “He also owns a 2010 Rolls-Royce Ghost and a new Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead, plus a couple of Bentleys, one of them a drop top. He occasionally drives a 1936 Auburn supercharged convertible that he keeps at his museum.” VFP 

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