Hooniverse Asks – What’s The Best Car For a Las Vegas Roadtrip?

Who doesn’t like a road trip? And should you and a clutch of your friends decide to undertake a journey of discovery to a neon-lit destination such as Las Vegas, as exemplified by the movies The Hangover and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, what would be the best vehicle in which to travel?
I once had an acquaintance who advocated the Cadillac Eldorado as the perfect mode of transportation to Vegas, purely due to the fact that its flip-down glove box door made for the perfect tableau off of which to snort coke lines. Yeah, I know, I had classy friends. But for those of us who are not Johnny Depp movie character source material, the Eldo has other attributes – smooth ride, lots of space, a sense of presence – that makes it a good choice for a run to Sin City.
But what of others? Do you have  choice that allows you to travel in comfort, and then arrive in style? If it’s not Vegas, then where would be your road trip destination, and what would be your mode of transport in getting there?
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55 responses to “Hooniverse Asks – What’s The Best Car For a Las Vegas Roadtrip?”

  1. P161911 Avatar

    A fully insured $0 deductible rental car. Preferably a convertible. On my first trip to Vegas I cruised the Strip in a Mustang Convertible.

  2. $kaycog Avatar

    A car rental is the only way to go.
    <img src="http://www.themustangsource.com/timeline/05/06/gt-h/Ad.jpg"&gt;

  3. Maymar Avatar

    Late-model Cadillac Escalade. Big, ostentatious, and shiny plastic. Just like Vegas.

  4. RichardKopf Avatar

    Why, a Chrysler LHS, naturally.

  5. Corvette_Poncho Avatar

    Umm…pretty sure it's a Red Impala Convertible with white interior. Not great in bat country, but what can you do.

    1. tonyola Avatar

      Just be careful about uncapping the drugs at high speed.

  6. PFG Avatar

    I have this long-running fantasy about blowing out of L.A. in a Mercedes 6.9 with a briefcase full of hundred dollar bills and aiming that big mutha at Club Paradise. So yeah, I'll go with that.

  7. OA5599 Avatar

    Something disposable. If you win big at the casino, buy a luxury car for the trip home. Odds are more likely that you will go home broke, and if that happens, sell the clunker for scrap to finance your bus trip back to reality.

  8. Armand4 Avatar

    As your attorney, I recommend you rent a fast car with no top:
    <img src="http://www.imcdb.org/i001955.jpg&quot; width="600">

    1. dmilligan Avatar

      Indeed, a rented red Cadillac convertible fills the bill nicely.

      1. tonyola Avatar

        Cadillac? That's a Chevy.

        1. dmilligan Avatar

          Yeah, but I thought it was supposed to be a Caddy. Grey matter failure.

      2. Black Steelies Avatar

        Nah, the Great Red Shark is an Impala. Though they also rented a Caddy convertible, the White Whale.

        1. dmilligan Avatar

          Ah, that's where I got crossed up. It's only been around 40 years since I read Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, so I should have remembered that.

  9. skitter Avatar

    Broke Gambler: Alfa Romeo or Lancia
    Rich Gambler: DS or Tatra
    Stripper: Arial Atom or naked superbike
    Tourist: Prius
    Mafia PR: Quigley Van

    1. Ryans92L Avatar

      Stripper: Hyundai Accent missing a wheel cover is more like it…

  10. mdharrell Avatar

    I've made three road trips to Las Vegas from Oregon and/or Washington: (1) 1968 Volvo 1800. (2) 1978 Chevy van towing a ski boat. (3) 1977 VW Bug.
    Of the three, only the Bug was mine. My recommendation, therefore, is that the best car for the trip is someone else's.

  11. Andrew Avatar

    Honda Element. That way, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas with no incriminating stains on the upholstery.
    <img src="http://images.forbes.com/images/2004/10/18/interior_420x280.jpg"&gt;

  12. scroggzilla Avatar

    In my "Scroggzilla Takes The House" delusion, this would be the preferred means of making my entrance…..
    <img src="http://jurajos.blog.auto.cz/files/2008/11/03-1.jpg"&gt;

  13. tiberiusẅisë Avatar

    I don't mean to brag but…
    <img src="http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSuB4R4fUz_kGsAxwwoJXeRuubxgsfWu6ZGx-Aa-3uC05k4tyqN&quot; width="400">

  14. Manic_King Avatar

    I've done it once, LA- LV – Hoover dam – Grand Canyon- LA, and I think my friends car was nearly perfect….
    <img src="http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/6403/img0893a.jpg&quot; width="455">
    Because I'm from Europe, I think some land yacht from sixties or seventies would have been even more appropriate but, well, maybe next time.

    1. Smells_Homeless Avatar

      Being from America, I think some land yacht from the sixties or seventies would have been more appropriate. 🙂
      Then again, when I did it, it was in a rented Chevy HHR, so I don't have much room to talk.

  15. tonyola Avatar

    My first trip to Vegas was in a maroon '65 Mustang convertible, much like this car. It would still be appropriate even today.
    <img src="http://www.karmustang.com/images/D/65183g.jpg&quot; width=500>

  16. Age_of_Aerostar Avatar

    After I read the title, and before you mentioned it, I thought Cadillac Eldorado, so I'll post this pic….
    <img src="http://www.seriouswheels.com/pics-1960-1969/1967-Cadillac-Eldorado-4.jpg&quot; width="300">
    But my answer for a road trip to anywhere is always the same. Specifically to this question… "Ride in comfort?" CHECK. "Arrive in style?" Well, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
    <img src="http://www.conversionvansale.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/explorer_conversion_van.jpg&quot; width="300">
    Come on now…. this is just awesome!!!
    <img src="http://conversionvans4sale.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/ConversionVan.jpg&quot; width="300">

    1. tonyola Avatar

      Good in concept, but it's still a plumber's van underneath. Now if you want to go vannin' in real style, get a Nissan ElGrand. If it's good enough for yakuza bosses, it's good enough for us. Importing it might be tricky but we're Vegas high-rollers, right?
      <img src="http://www.icars.sg/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/nissan-elgrand-mpv-1.jpg&quot; width=500>

      1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
        Peter Tanshanomi

        Ahh, I knows dis guy who knows a guy who can, ah…handle dat import problem of yours…

      2. Age_of_Aerostar Avatar

        Part of the conversion van allure to me has always been the raised roof and ridiculous paint jobs on them. (ladder on the back in one form or another has to be part of the deal too).
        Maybe it's the same part of me that says if I ever got an old station wagon, it'd have to have "wood" siding on it too.
        I do like the van you mentioned, but it's just not the same to me.

  17. Rust-MyEnemy Avatar

    Vegas is all about impressing people. What could be more impressive than a
    <img src="http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/jalopnik/2009/05/NPOCPBlackhawkMain.jpg&quot; width="400">
    Or, kicking it Liberace style, maybe a
    <img src="http://www.remarkablecars.com/main/zimmer/zimmer.jpg&quot; width="400">
    Anyway. You've got your Vegas, we've got Clacton-On-Sea.
    <img src="http://s0.geograph.org.uk/photos/24/63/246333_26ca34a1.jpg&quot; width="400">
    Where's your swagger now, eh?

    1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
      Peter Tanshanomi

      What a jaw-droppingly gorgeous car to take…anywhere.

      1. Black Steelies Avatar

        And he does, even if there were only 514 made. The article is worth a read.

        1. MattC Avatar

          Great article. I am glad to see these driven and not in a climate controlled garage. BTW, I really like that show

    2. scroggzilla Avatar

      Well chosen. My favorite American luxobarge, bar none, are the Elwood Engle penned 64-66 Imperial Crowns.

    1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
      Peter Tanshanomi

      You'd have a hard time convincing people you weren't compensating.

  18. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
    Peter Tanshanomi

    When Motorcyclist Magazine tested the first Honda Gold Wing in 1975, they concluded the review by saying, "Slap on a Windjammer and this would make a bitchin' LA-to-Vegas runner." So I have associated big Honda touring bikes with Las Vegas ever since. But if I was going to be seen on the strip on a big Honda, I would have to ratchet up the style/exclusivity/cool quotient to Eleven:
    <img src="http://static.howstuffworks.com/gif/1981-honda-cbx-1.jpg"&gt;

    1. Black Steelies Avatar

      I was ogling this bike a few days ago. The early Goldwings could clean up so nice. The newer ones equate to what is a conversion van, and as discussed earlier that's not such a bad thing.

    2. Smells_Homeless Avatar

      Torturous. There are three things I keep a little money around for just in case they come up for sale. A Rhodes electric piano, a 60s A100 pickup, and a CBX. Strangely, none of the three is volunteering.

  19. Vavon Avatar

    <img src="http://www.hyts.hu/autok/venturi/mega-track/venturi_mega-track_r6.jpg&quot; width="500">
    A Mega track, because it's a sports car with style that impresses the plebs at the valet-parking and it has the possibility to go off-roading in the desert too!

    1. Lotte Avatar

      I know which sounds like more fun to me 😉

    2. BlackIce_GTS Avatar

      That is my very favourite supercar.
      The grey one there (W LASAV 3 or W VV7) is registered in Switzerland, but I think the picture was taken in Monaco (which is topic-appropriate)

      1. Vavon Avatar

        [youtube 8GNy_yx-34E http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GNy_yx-34E youtube]
        It really was an awesome car!

  20. Age_of_Aerostar Avatar

    aren't we supposed to say something with one of these for the dead hookers?
    <img src="http://static.howstuffworks.com/gif/vehicle-pictures/2004/lincoln/town-car/1980-049-trunk-open-480.jpg&quot; width="300">

  21. Apexpredator Avatar

    Just did Vegas in my 2010 GTI Manual. Average speed on my way up was 85 (including stops) and I got 29.8 MPG. Flawless trip. And receiving road head is not difficult.

  22. Lotte Avatar

    A Lincoln Town Car rental. Why? Because I wouldn't know the first thing about going to Vegas.
    <img src="http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1075/527199295_0315f085a1.jpg?v=0&quot; width="250">
    Seems like a logical, safe choice.

  23. Ryans92L Avatar

    Klass with a Kapitol K

  24. tonyola Avatar

    Maserati Mexico.

  25. Black Steelies Avatar

    I was waiting for someone else to mention the '65 Riviera, but I'm afraid it might be forgotten. The '65 is my favorite and arguably the classiest Rivi, though any pre-70's model will do for my trip to the strip.
    <img src="http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_images/3/2167/1981/30415990001_large.jpg"&gt;
    via CarDomain

    1. tonyola Avatar

      No question to me – any pre-'68 Riviera is pretty, but the '65 is the smoothest, boldest, and most elegant of them all.

  26. joshuman Avatar

    Hmmmm, I posted this when it would have been #5 in the list but Hoonibbles must have eaten it. Here it is again.
    Having a car in Las Vegas is a waste of money for me as I am either gambling, sleeping, or drinking. My first choice would be some well-kept drop-top American iron from the 1970s. Should such a classic vehicle not present itself in the proper white leather interior, a LP 570-4 Spyder Performante in any color might be ostentatious enough to get me free parking.
    <img src="http://www.blogcdn.com/www.autoblog.com/media/2010/11/05-lamborghini-spyder-performante-opt.jpg"&gt;
    Image from autoblog

  27. bboxy Avatar

    i'd have to take a late 60's black/black Conti sedan, i don't like convertibles. also, it's only 320 miles from my house, so gas for the big-block wouldn't hurt TOO badly.
    <img src="http://images.classiccars.com/classifieds/157596_10894286_1969_Lincoln_Chauffeur%2Bdriven%2Btriple%2Bblack%2Bcontinental.jpg"&gt;

    1. tonyola Avatar

      Nothing wrong at all with a black Continental, but the Vegas strip on a warm night is perfect for a convertible, especially one like this.
      <img src="http://nationwideclassics.com/image/product_large/10.jpg?1271133837&quot; width=500>

  28. Van Sarockin Avatar
    Van Sarockin

    Last time I was in Vegas, it was in a light blue Subaru wagon. I could have used more wagon and less Vegas.

  29. west-coaster Avatar

    Easy. Ford Crown Victoria P71 made to look like something detectives or the FBI would be driving. Tint the back windows, add a couple of antennae to the trunk lid, and everyone (maybe even the actual cops) will think you're transporting a witness or prisoner.
    Do 100 in the fast lane and never use turn signals. Most everyone will move out of your way, and you'll be there in no time. Once you're there, park anywhere you want by putting a sign on the dash that says "On Official Business."