Ralph Lauren’s Car Collection in Paris

From 28 April to 28 August 2011, American fashion designer Ralph Lauren is showcasing his best collector cars in Paris at the “Musée des Arts Décoratifs”....

From 28 April to 28 August 2011, American fashion designer Ralph Lauren is showcasing his best collector cars in Paris at the “Musée des Arts Décoratifs”. This selection of 17 prestigious sports cars made by Rodolphe Rapetti covers from the 1930s to the sixties and can be viewed for the first time in Europe. The elegant settling was made by designer Jean-Michel Wilmotte, and encompasses the European automobile production in its best. Interesting enough, Ralph Lauren has selected almost only European Cars in his American collection, which is a taste that we appreciate a lot here in the “old Europe”, this would not be an easy choice for an average American car enthusiast I guess.

More controversial could be the “better-than-new” aspect of all of these cars. Well, this was my first reaction I should say. But after reading a few interviews of Ralph Lauren, I understood that his main concern was to get reliable cars in order to make them run as much as possible, and I must say that this is really convincing: how many cars are softly driven in historical races just to make sure that nothing is broken and that owners will not get extra-insurance costs? This reminds me of a Ferrari driver that was skidding in the S before the Dunlop at Le Mans Classic 2010 with his 275 GTB at high speed, I must say that all spectators were more than happy to see someone racing with no other idea in mind. So I must say +1 for Ralph Lauren on that one, he’s really a gentleman driver.

Now take a look on these original shots I’ve done for you: Bugatti, Alfa Romeo, Bentley, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, Porsche and of course, Ferrari.

  • BENTLEY « BLOWER », 1929
  • MERCEDES-BENZ SSK « COMTE TROSSI », 1930
  • ALFA ROMEO 8C 2300 MONZA, 1931
  • BUGATTI 59 GRAND PRIX, 1933
  • BUGATTI 57 S(C) ATLANTIC, 1938
  • ALFA ROMEO 8C 2900 MILLE MIGLIA, 1938
  • JAGUAR XK120 ROADSTER, 1950
  • FERRARI 375 PLUS, 1954
  • JAGUAR XKD, 1955
  • MERCEDES-BENZ 300 SL « PAPILLON », 1955
  • PORSCHE 550 SPYDER, 1955
  • JAGUAR XKSS, 1958
  • FERRARI 250 TESTA ROSSA, 1958
  • FERRARI 250 GT BERLINETTA SWB, 1960
  • FERRARI 250 GTO, 1962
  • FERRARI 250 LM, 1964
  • MC LAREN F1 LM, 1996

Please also check the website created by Ralph Lauren for the exhibition “L’Art de l’automobile”:http://ralphlaurencarcollection.co.uk

So what do you think of this “american way” of collecting cars? Pro or Con?