Ralph Lauren’s Incredible Car Collection

Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa, 1958

American fashion designer Ralph Lauren owns one of the most distinctive car collections in the world. Seventeen of his striking models, selected from the 1930s unti present day, will be on display at the Muse des Arts Dcoratifs in Paris from April 28 through August 28. Each magnificent vehicle was handpicked by curator Rodolphe Rapetti.

Enthusiasts will be rewarded with a far-ranging collection that includes some of the most singular and iconic examples ever produced by top marques: Ferrari, Bentley, Bugatti, Alfa Romeo, Jaguar, and a host of others. The exhibition marks the first time Lauren's collection has been shown in this fashion in Europe.

“Strangely enough, I really don't like to drive the cars when people are around,” Lauren says. “As it turns out, I don't really want to be seen in the cars. There's a part of me that likes the privacy, so the more garish the car, the less I want to drive it. On weekends, depending on the weather, I love the Jaguars, the XK120 or XK140. I love the Mercedes Gullwing and roadster and the Porsches.”

Alfa Romeo 8C 2300, 1931


Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 Mille Miglia, 1938


Bentley Blower, 1929


Bugatti 57 S(C) Atlantic, 1938


Bugatti 59 Grand Prix, 1933


Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta SWB, 1960


Ferrari 250 GTO, 1962


Ferrari 250 LM, 1964

Ferrari 375 Plus, 1954


Jaguar XK120 Roadster, 1950


Jaguar XKD, 1955


Jaguar XKSS, 1958


Mc Laren F1 LM, 1996


Mercedes Benz SSK Comte Trossi, 1930

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Papillon, 1955


Mercedes-Benz SSK Comte Trossi, 1930


Porsche 550 Spyder, 1955



Muse des Arts Dcoratifs website
Interview via [Autoweek]
via [Coolist], [Cool Hunting[

Eugene Kim

Eugene Kim is the Editor-in-Chief of My Modern Met. In May, 2008, he co-founded the website to create one big city that celebrates creative ideas. His mission is to promote a positive culture by spotlighting the best sides of humanity—from the lighthearted and fun to the thought-provoking and enlightening.
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