Many of us have taken a virtual peek inside of Jay Leno’s or Tim Allen’s garages and been pleased and even excited about the selection of vehicles that they own. Well, if you were impressed with those, you will be awestruck with Ralph Lauren’s garage. The renowned fashion designer owns a garage that holds 60+ of the most rare and valuable cars in the world. In fact, they are so impressive; the Musee des Arts Decoratifs is borrowing them.
The Musee des Arts Decoratifs, in Paris, France, is crafting an exhibit called “The Art of the Automobile: Masterpieces from the Ralph Lauren Collection”. This exhibit will be on display from April 28-August 28, 2011. It will feature many of the rare vehicles from Lauren’s, now notorious, garage including: a 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Scaglietti, a 1931 Alfa Romeo Monza 8C 2300, a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, and a 1938 Bugatti 575SC Atlantic Coupe. Not only is this collection rare, but it is incredibly expensive, as well. The last two cars named are worth $30-40 million – each.
The D.A.D. Garage (acronyms from the names of Lauren’s children) is the name of the garage in Westchester, New York, where Lauren houses his astounding collection. Upon entering, one would not know it was a garage, however, because it appears to only be a lobby and library. Once permission is granted from Lauren or from one of the four people that staff the garage and keep the vehicles in perfect condition, one of the lobby walls slides away and you are welcomed into a wonderland of phenomenal cars. The cars range from rare collectors to modern legends; they include a 1964 Ferrari 250 LM, a 1938 Alfa Romeo Mille Miglia Roadster, a Bugatti Veyron and a Lamborghini Murcielago SuperVeloce, just to name a few. The most rare car that the garage can boast about holding is a 1930 Mercedes SSK “Count Trossi” roadster; it’s is the only vehicle of its type in existence.
For a recent article, Vanity Fair was given a tour of the garage by Mr. Lauren, himself. When asked why he collected cars instead of rare paintings, he said, “You can’t drive a painting.” He was also quick to point out that all of his vehicles are registered because he said, “I drive these cars. They don’t just sit here.” Isn’t it exciting to know that for those of us who are not lucky enough to be given a private tour of the cars, that we might just catch Mr. Lauren cruising around the streets of New York in one of them?