Classic car collection. In the latest of our series looking at famous classic car collectors, we’re going to take a look at a name more familiar to fans of the fashion industry than petrol heads – Ralph Lauren.
Even if you don’t know much about the man himself, you will know the brand, the iconic logo and have seen his clothes, wherever you are in the world.
About Ralph Lauren
Ralph Lauren was born in The Bronx, New York City, in October 1939. He attended Baruch College at New York City University, studying business, but he actually dropped out after two years.
Drawing on his interests in sports, Ralph Lauren created his first full line of menswear ‘Polo’ in 1968, working out of a small showroom in the Empire State Building.
He went on to turn his Ralph Lauren brand into one of the world’s most valuable fashion brands, with stores all over the world. Today, Forbes estimates his wealth to be around $5.5 billlion.
The American fashion giant’s car collection is legendary, with many of them having been housed in museums around the world at one time or another. Seventeen cars from his collection were exhibited at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris in 2011.
In 2004, when asked about his enormous collection of cars, he said: “I’ve always seen cars as art. Moving art. While friends of mine were into paintings, I somehow felt that the real beauty of owning a rare and magnificently designed car was the fact that you can use it.
“You can look at it, enjoy its visual qualities, as with a painting, but you can also get inside and drive it – which means both enjoying the drive itself and going somewhere with it.”
Ralph Lauren has previously described how his love affair with cars started in his childhood and as soon as he had scraped together enough money for one, he wanted another, cooler car.
He has over 70 vehicles in his current collection, including:
- 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO
- Two Ferrari Testarossas
- Three 1996 McLaren F1s
- Mercedes-Benz SL 300 Gullwing
- 1929 Bentley 4.5-litre ‘Blower’
- Bugatti 57 s(c) atlantic (1938)
- Porsche 997 GT3 RS
- Alfa Romeo 8c 2300 Monza (1931)
His extensive, mouth-watering cars are the envy of collectors across the world and clearly a source of pride for the man himself.
However, not all of Ralph Lauren’s vast income goes on classic cars, he is also a well-known philanthropist, with him setting up charity initiatives on everything from inner-city youth work to breast cancer support.
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