• Feb 25, 2011
1955 Jaguar XKD - Click above for high-res image gallery

The public is getting a chance to slather its eyeballs all over a few choice gems from fashion designer Ralph Lauren's personal automotive collection. The Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris is planning to exhibit some of the more shining examples of automotive history and design from the Lauren collection from April 28 to August 28, and the crew over at Luxist have managed to get a sneak peek at what exactly will be on display. Visitors to the museum can look forward to seeing a quartet of luscious metal that includes a 1964 Ferrari 250 LM, a 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Scaglietti, a 1956/1958 Jaguar XKS and a 1931 Alfa Romeo Monza 8C 2300.

Deep breath.

In addition to those lovely ladies, a total of 13 other Lauren vehicles will be on display as a part of the exhibit, titled The Art of the Automobile: Masterpieces from the Ralph Lauren Collection. Those include two of the world's most expensive vehicles: a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO and a 1938 Bugatti 57 SC Atlantic Coupe. Both of those pieces are worth an estimated $30-$40 million each.



[Source: Luxist]


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      • 2 Years Ago
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      • 3 Years Ago
      @ erh... I was asking the SAME THING the other day. Why must drop-dead gorgeous, exotic shapes be limited to mega-buck automobiles?
      • 3 Years Ago
      I saw his cars when there was an exhibit in Boston, but I was too young
      to really appreciate it. :)
      • 3 Years Ago
      You have to hand it to Ralph Lauren -- his car collection shows incredible taste.
        • 3 Years Ago
        And it's not limited to classics. I saw on Wikipedia he's got a 2010 911 GT3RS. Plus- do you see all the beautiful women he's surrounded by? I don't know how he isn't just walking around all day blowing his wad...

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pXfHLUlZf4
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ooooh, should be in Paris the 3rd week of August. Could be fun. Sad to miss Monterey Car Week, so this could be just the substitute the doctor ordered...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Glad to see he's not selling his McLaren F1, unless he already sold it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I remember seeing him on tv, on some sort of reality show or something. One day he just up and random decided to go buy a new 360 Modena. Must be nice. Amazing collection.
      • 3 Years Ago
      What a collection! It includes two of my favourite cars of all time: the Bugatti Atlantic - it must be the most beautiful car ever made - and the Ferrari 250 TR. Simply fabulous!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why can't we mass-produce cars that look this pretty?

      We have CAD programs that allow engineers to create any shape. We have the ability to mold plastics into any shape. And yet, most modern mass-produced cars are bland, and any curves are merely cosmetic bumps on otherwise flat body panels.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can appreciate the rarity and questionable works of automotive art (the Atlantic is Ugly IMO), but no car is worth $40 million let alone $4 million

      Proof positive that we have all been paying too much for RL wares for him to have this type of gluttony for a car.

      It is so overvalued you can not even enjoy taking it for a drive on a city street.

      The only driving it gets is on to the trailer and off (then again it is probably winched) and on the grass of Pebble Beach for him to pick up his prize for best of show for which he did nothing for it other then having a fat wallet.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Exactly! All of these cars are amazing and exciting and beautiful, and they are losing that. None of them are meant to be statues, they are meant to be driven. Making them into these static dead things that are too pristine to take on the road is really a shame. More car collectors should think about preservation rather than restoration and keeping these cars drivable.
      • 3 Years Ago
      RL collects cars from an art perspective, he's not a car guy like Jay Leno. They are trailer queens - pushed by hand, they're definitely not winched.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think you mean, 1955 Jaguar XKSS.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Sorry I am not being picky but no it is a D Type or XKD depending on what side of the pond you are on. The XKSS was the road version without the fairing behind the drivers head and a passenger seat. XKSS were the inspiration for the XKE or E Type and was designed by Sir Malcolm Sayer who incidentally designed the WW2 De Havilland Mosquito Fighter Bomber as well. This shows in the construction if you get chance to see one up close, its very reminiscent of a WW2 Aeroplane in its construction with lots aluminium cross bracing and a riveted alloy bodywork.

        The truly sad thing about the XKSS was most of them were destroyed by a fire at the Browns Lane Factory and as a result they only made a handful but one of them was owned by the late great Steve McQueen and has in recent years sold for several million sterling. By the time the factory was sorted out development of XKE was well underway but if you get chance to see pictures of the prototype XKE the similarities to XKSS are very uncanny.

        I have been lucky enough to seen up close the first XK120, a C Type, a D Type, a Lightweight E Type and the XJ13 at Jaguar's own private collection but the one I really want to see is the XKSS, its a much forgot and a very advanced sports car from the 1950's.
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