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Ralph Lauren doesn’t just design fabulous clothes – he’s also the owner of an exclusive exotic car collection. And while this collection may be a bit out of reach of us ordinary folks, you can bring home one of the limited edition scale models.
Just in time for the holiday season, these models measure in at 1:8 scale and will perfectly complement any enthusiast’s collection. The scale models include Lauren’s $40 million 1938 Bugatti 57 SC Atlantic Coupé, his $25 million 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, 1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa and 1996 McLaren F1 LM. It also marks the first time the iconic designer has allowed models of his prized collection to be made.
When designing these models, the cars were digitally scanned, which allowed them to boast details that are accurate to one tenth of a millimeter over the length of the vehicle. It took 3,000 hours to create each of the prototypes – that’s about the same amount of time it takes to completely restore a full-sized classic car. Each model sits on a custom-designed base with a removable covering.
The full-sized exotic automobiles were recently on display at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris for the Art of the Automobile: Masterpieces from the Ralph Lauren Collection show. Models are priced at $9,500 and are available through Ralph Lauren Home.
If you’re a connoisseur of fine automobiles, you have to be conscious about how you present yourself. It’s not enough to drive the car – you need to embody the lifestyle. From the tips of your shoes, right down to the watch on your wrist, you’re a style plate for your ride of choice. And if your have a 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic, there’s a wrist watch made just for you.
OK, so you don’t actually have to have the car to wear one. Ralph Lauren does, and he crafted a watch to go along with his prized classic. The Ralph Lauren Automotive Watch sells for $13,400, making it more affordable than its inspiration. This timepiece boasts an elm burl ring that matches the dash, a galvanized matte black dial with white numbers inspired the gauges and visible screws that recall the car’s rivets.
If the price doesn’t faze you, head on over to the Ralph Lauren Watch online store and pick one up.
Ralph Lauren’s prestigious sports car collection is on show for the first time at Paris’ Musée des Arts Décoratifs. Lauren is normally reluctant to publicly display his vehicles, although he last let publications such as Road & Track and Vanity Fair get a glimpse of various vehicles in his stable. Cars from manufacturers like Bentley, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, Porsche and Ferrari will be on display. The show is on from April 28 to August 28.
[Source: The Snob Magazine]
Embodying sophistication and style, there’s only one designer up to the task of creating a signature Bugatti timepiece, and that’s Ralph Lauren.
Ralph Lauren may be best known as being an upscale clothing designer, but the man behind the legend is also the proud owner of one of the finest classic car collections around, which includes a 1938 Bugatti. That’s why he designed a watch that would go perfectly with it.
The latest timepiece in Lauren’s Sporting Watch collection is influenced by the interior of the Atlantic and is outfitted with an elm burl wood ring that’s styled after the car’s dashboard. It also features a galvanized matte black dial with white Arabic numerals like the Bugatti’s gauges, and visible screws around the case front. The watch’s movement is made for Ralph Lauren by the Richemont group (the same company that makes Cartier, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Panerai and IWC – and features a 45-hour power reserve.
You can pick up one of these watches for $13,200, and don’t worry, it will look great no matter what you’re driving.
You can be as baller as you want with a Bugatti Veyron, but there’s always someone else out there who will outdo you. In this case, it’s the Mullin Automotive Museum, who just purchased a Bugatti Atlantic Type 57SC for an enormous sum, between $30-$40 million. This easily bests the previous record holder, a 1961 Ferrari 250GT California Spyder, formerly owned by Hollywood actor James Coburn, which sold for roughly $12 million.
Of the four Atlantics built, only two have survived, with the other belonging to the car collection of fashion designer Ralph Lauren. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Leslie Kendall, the curator of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles said that the sale is a milestone for the collector car market.
“People will start paying attention,” she said. “It’s should be obvious that there are connoisseurs out there who appreciate cars just as much as they do art, fine wine, furniture and sculpture.”
[Source: The Wall Street Journal]
Thanks to our friends at Luxury4Play.com we have a nice collection of photos from the ultra-exclusive invite-only 45th Anniversary celebration of the Ferrari 250 GTO. The event was held by those champagne gurus at Moët & Chandon at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, CA. Apparently the event was so exclusive that being a Ferrari owner didn’t automatically mean you got an invite. Only the “best customers” of the Parncing Horse were allowed to gander on this gathering of 250 GTOs.
The 250 GTO is known to be the most valuable Ferrari in the world, with an auction price estimated at $14- to $20-million. This might even be somewaht of an understatement as in 2008 a British buyer purchased the 250 GTO that formerly belonged to Lee-Kun-hee of Samsung for £15.7 million. (That’s $21.7-million U.S.).
One of the reasons for the high value of the 250 GTO is how few were ever made. In fact, between 1962 and 1964 Ferrari produced just 36 of the 296hp V12-powered sportscars.
We don’t have exact numbers on how many vehicles were there (the pictures would suggest at least 14) but according to our “invited guest” at Luxury4Play, many famous owners were in attendance including Ralph Lauren and Nick Mason of Pink Floyd.