Tuesday, May 24, 2011

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 Musée des Arts Décoratifs 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


areopagitica said...

Oh my, we live in an era of totally refined and satisfactory products, found in every suburban driveway of every subdivision of several dozen nations. Yet how much homogenization has that brought us compared with the individualism of these past gorgeous singular artifacts. Thank goodness they have survived in caring hands.

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