Fashion magnate Ralph Lauren is known as a man of tastes in the world of style, but he has also shown ample taste in another area: car collecting. He is one of the most famous expensive and rare car collectors in the world. His collection was, at one time, the subject of an exclusive exhibition in a museum in Paris, but hopefully seeing some of the highlights below is for the best.
Ralph Lauren began collecting cars in the early 1970s, when his fashion fortune began to increase. Among his first acquisitions, which are listed in a Forbes Characteristic of Lauren's car habit, they include a 1971 Mercedes 280SE 4.5 convertible, a 1979 Porsche 930, and a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing coupe she bought in the early 1980s.
Since then, Lauren's passion for cars has allowed her collection to shoot over 70 cars. Her collection was the subject of a museum exhibition in Paris in 2011, seven years after it was featured in a book. In that book, Lauren talked about her philosophy of collecting cars:
"I've always seen cars as art. Moving art. While my friends were interested in paintings, I somehow felt that the true beauty of owning a rare and superbly designed car was the fact that you can use it. You can see it, enjoy its visual qualities, like with a painting, but you can also go in and drive it, which means enjoying both the album and going somewhere with it. "
As for the cars themselves, many of the most impressive pieces were featured in that museum exhibit, including rare limited editions and one-of-a-kind historical pieces. A & # 39; Blower & # 39; 4.5-liter 1929 Bentley, for example, which was driven at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1930, 1932 and 1933. Also of interest to fans of old-school racing is the 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 Mille Miglia. , revered as one of the best sports cars of the pre-WWII period. Then there is the prize for his collection, a 1938 Bugatti Type 57 SC Atlantic, one of four that have been built:
Lauren's vintage car collection spans from the 1950s and beyond, with highlights such as the 1955 Mercedes Gullwing (a model that was also favored by old Hollywood stars like Elvis Presley and Sophia Loren), and a Jaguar XKD Long-Nose from 1955, one of ten never built. But he has also acquired a taste for the latest designs, such as the Ferrari LaFerrari, the first hybrid vehicle from the famous Italian automaker, which he acquired in 2015.
In total, Ralph Lauren's car collection has been valued at $ 350 million, as in the following CARJAM TV video, with Lauren discussing the collection and her passion for driving, not just collecting, cars: