Collection masterpieces

The design icon’s extraordinary passion for automobiles is reflected in his stunning car collection, one of the world’s greatest. Bugattis, Alfa Romeos, Jags, Porsches, Ferraris: He’s got them all. Every now and then he likes to exhibit them, as he did at the museum Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris in 2011. The exhibition called “The Art of the Automobile: Masterpieces of the Ralph Lauren Collection” gathered 17 gleaming exemplars of classic European cars, such as the1930 Mercedes-Benz SSK, the 1996 McLaren F1 LM, the 1950 Jaguar XK120 in racing green.