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Ralph Lauren Car Collection on Display in Paris: The Art of the Automobile

May. 9th, 2011 | Comments 0 | Make a Comment   
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Some of the automotive icons in famed fashion designer Ralph Lauren's incredible car collection have just gone on exhibit at the Musée des Art Décoratifs in Paris. Lauren's collection, in our opinion, is the finest one in private hands on the planet, features impeccable examples of the rarest and most valuable vehicles in the world.

Four of the amazing cars have never before been seen in public: a 1964 Ferrari 250 LM; a 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Scaglietti; a 1956/1958 Jaguar XKSS; and a 1931 Alfa Romeo Monza 8C 2300. The exhibition focuses on the finest in European automotive design across the decades.

Thirteen other Lauren cars will also be on display during the exhibit, entitled "The Art of the Automobile: Masterpieces from the Ralph Lauren Collection," including an amazing 1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa, a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, and a 1938 Bugatti 57 SC Atlantic Coupé. The last two alone are worth about $30 - $40 million each and are among the world's most expensive cars.

The Paris exhibit is designed to "illustrate the evolution of car design in the 20th Century." They were selected by curator Rodolphe Rapetti and arranged by scenographer Jean-Michel Wilmotte, with the "kinetics" and sound of the vehicles conveyed by means of various films and recordings.

The museum will also be producing a luxe book to celebrate the occasion, featuring Lauren's rare Jaguar D-Type on the cover. The exhibition runs through August 28, but if you can't make it in person check out our exclusive video tour of the show below.




Bugatti 57S(C) Atlantic 1938


Bentley "Blower" 1929


Mercedes-Benz SSK "Count Trossi" 1930


Jaguar XKD 1955


Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa 1958
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