Ralph Lauren’s Cars on Exhibit Again

The L’Art dl L’Automobile Exhibit is running at the Museum Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris until the 28th of August. Ralph’s cars have gotten a lot of exposure, but I for one appreciate that he isn’t hiding these remarkable machines away from the public. I like this quote from Ralph Lauren from the Speed, Style & Beauty book that accompanied the collection’s first museum exhibit.

“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 magnivicently 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. How these cars are put together, the purposefulness with which they were created, in every detail – the engine, the mechanics, the outside ornamentation, the design of the wheels, the whole spirit – is very, very exciting. And on top of that you have the men who created these cars, Mr. Porsche, Mr. Bugatti, Mr. Ferrari, and their backgrounds, their heritages, their fascinating histories, their reasons for driving and building these cars – I find it all very stimulating.”

More images, engine sounds (!) and information on the exhibit on the Collection’s Site.

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