Ralph Lauren is a self-made fashion mogul that also has a thing for cars According to Forbes, his collection is known to include some of the most elusive vehicles money can buy, luckily, he has enough of that as he is worth over $6 billion. A few years ago, his collection included over 70 cars that was said to be worth over $300 million. Lauren says he can’t put a monetary value on his collection, as they are priceless to him.
Lauren was born and raised in the Bronx, New York and said he didn’t even have a bike when he was growing up. Just north of the Bronx is where you can now find Lauren’s immaculate collection of cars that he is known to drive on a regular basis. The garage is a 48,000- square foot multilevel facility, the same facility where Lauren famously held a fashion show last year where some of Lauren’s prized possessions were showcased on the runway, and the models strutted their stuff around the pieces of art.
Lauren has quite a few cars in his collections that are easily worth millions of dollars. Lauren looks at cars like artwork, but unlike most artwork, you can drive it.
According to an article written by the NY Times just last year, Lauren says that he still drives all the time. Here are 24 of the most stunning cars from Ralph Lauren’s collection.
Although Lauren is known for his love of old cars, he has a few newer models is his collection as well. Lauren picked up the LaFerrari the first year that it was released, as he was intrigued to test its technology.
According to Car and Driver, the LaFerrari packs a massive V12 paired with an electric motor under its hood to give a combined total of 949 hp, making it capable of getting to sixty in just 2.5 seconds!
Next on the list is just one of many of impressive vintage Jaguars that Ralph Lauren is the proud owner of. The 1959 Ferrari Testa Rossa, which means “redhead” was an appropriate name for such a beautiful car.
According to Road and Track, the Testa Rossa 250 packed a 3.0-liter V12 engine under its hood, this, due to a change that year in racing that would limit engine displacement to 3.0-liters. Ralph Lauren’s 250 is number 14 of the 34 that were made.
There are many A-list celebrities that have owned McLaren rides. According to Road and Track, while there were plenty of F1’s made that year, there were only six McLaren F1 LMs, which is short for Le Mans, ever produced.
The LM were all supposed to come painted papaya orange, but after the Sultan of Brunei ordered three out of the five that were made, they allowed him to have two of them in grey. Lauren was lucky enough to get his hands on one as well.
The next car on the list looks like a real like a real Batmobile, but it was actually a 1930 Mercedes-Benz SSK also known as the “Count Trossi,” who was the person that commissioned the car back in the 1930s.
According to Road and Track, the SSK has a supercharged 7.1-liter engine. Lauren had the car completely restored and has even taken home some impressive hardware with the SSK, taking best-in-show in both the Pebble Beach Concours and the Villa d”Este Concours.
When you think of an Aston Martin, you can’t help but think of James Bond. According to Forbes, the silver 1965 Aston Martin DB5 that Ralph Lauren has in his collection was the same car that James Bond drove in Skyfall.
The actual car that was featured in the film belonged to the man that owned the Bond franchise at the time. Another D85 was cloned to be used as a stunt double in the film to ensure the owners it wouldn’t get damaged.
While the Porsche GT3 RS is a great car, it just doesn’t seem to hold a flame to the rest of the priceless cars that are found on this list. The reason that Ralph Lauren is known for driving one, is because back in 2010 there was a video that went viral of Lauren backing out of his parking spot and stalling the GT3.
Hey, it happens. According to Car and Driver, the RS only came with a manual gearbox, paired to a 3.8-liter engine that is good for 450 hp and 317 lb/ft of torque.
According to Road and Track, under the hood of the SL is a 3.0-liter engine, the same one that was also found in the Mercedes 300 model, only the SL’s motor was mounted and tilted to one side to get the car lower to the ground.
The gullwing doors are not only for an added touch of flair but also for function ability, as the tall solid doors add the stability that the SL needed. Ralph Lauren’s SL is one of 29 aluminum body alloy models that were made.
If there's one thing that Ralph Lauren loves, it is limited edition vehicles and the reason why he has a Lamborghini Reventon Roadster.
According to Top Speed, just 20 of the Reventon Roadsters were produced back in 2010, with a price tag of $1.6 million. Packed under the hood is a 6.5-liter V12 that is good for 670 hp and 486 lb/ft of torque, making it capable of getting to sixty in just 3.4 seconds, with a top speed of 205 mph.
Ralph Lauren clearly has a thing for old D-type Jaguars, as he has quite a few in his collection. According to Road and Track, the 1955 Jaguar XLD was nicknamed the long nose, for obvious reasons.
The 1955 Jaguar XKD is special for a few different reasons. For starters, it was the first to receive fuel injection, and one of the ten that were ever produced. It also helped Patricia Coundley take the title for the fastest woman in Europe when she was clocked at 161 mph back in 1964.
Ferrari once ruled the raced circuit, responsible for many championship titles throughout the decades and some people consider the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO one of the greatest Ferrari’s ever built.
According to Road and Track, GTO stands for Gran Turismo Omologato, which meant according to the Gran Turismo rulebook that there was supposed to be 100 250 GTOs made, but only 36 ever were. The first time the 250 GTO ever completed it finished second and helped Ferrari take home championship titles for the following three years.
The Jaguar XKSS was an upgraded version of the XKD, the SS standing for Super Sport. Under the hood was a 3.5-liter engine that was good for 240 hp, making the Jag capable of getting to sixty in just 5.2 seconds.
According to Road and Track, there was supposed to be 25 XKSS rides to be made, but after a fire broke out in the factory, some rides caught fire, destroying nine cars and all the tools needed to make the XKSS in the process.
Although Lauren is known for his passion for old cars, the next on the list is one of the newer rides to make this list. The 2010 Lamborghini Murcielago Superveloce was limited to just 350 cars that year, and Lauren was lucky enough to get one for his collection.
According to Car and Driver, the SV packs a 6.5-liter V12 that was good for 661 hp and 487 lb-ft of torque, making the SV capable of getting to sixty in just three seconds flat. This is due to shaving over 200 lbs off base model by adding carbon fiber parts and a lighter exhaust system.
Believe it or not, Bentley was making superchargers all the back in the 1920s, realizing early on in the game that a bigger engine isn’t always faster. According to Road and Track, the Bentley boys were able to increase the 4.5-liter output from 110 hp to 240 hp by adding some forced induction.
Although this car is over 90 years old, Lauren is only the fourth owner of the 4.5-liter Blower after purchasing it from Sir Anthony Bamford back in 1988.
It’s hard to believe that a car that is so beautiful was built with the intention to race, but the Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 Mille Miglia was built to do just that. According to Road and Track, the 8C 2900 packs a supercharged 2.9-liter engine straight 8, hence the name, that is good for 225 hp.
This car belonged to many different racers and collectors before finding its home in Ralph Lauren’s collection. There were just five 8Cs that were produced in 1938
Back in 2013, Lauren’s Atlantic took best-in-show at the Concorso d’Eleganza d'Este, which is one of the most prestigious car shows in the world. Only four 57SC Atlantic cars were ever produced. A similar Atlantic was sold back in 2010 for $30 million and is said to be the only other Atlantic to be known in existence.
According to Top Speed, Lauren even collaborated with Bugatti to make a luxury watch to honor the Atlantic 57C and it came with a price tag of $13,200.
One of the most valuable cars on the list from a monetary standpoint would be the next on the list with the 1933 Type 59 Grand Prix Bugatti. According to Agent4stars, the Grand Pix is worth over $40 million dollars.
Like many of the cars in Ralph Lauren’s collection, this car had a tremendous amount of success on the race circuit. According to Road and Track, the Grand Prix had a supercharged 3.3-liter engine that was good for 250 hp.
Believe it or not, Ralph Lauren’s very first car was a Morgan Plus Four. Unfortunately, he had to get rid of it as he wasn’t able to keep up with the pricey repair bills. Luckily business picked up.
According to the New York Times, Lauren was able to buy the same Morgan back. According to Hemmings, Lauren had the Plus Four original engine that was only capable of 68 hp, to a Triumph engine that was now good for 90 hp.
Old Woody Station Wagons have remained iconic in the car world, despite the fact that it has been so long since they have even been made. According to Classic Car History, most major car manufacturers offered a version of a wood-bodied wagon during the 30s and 40s.
Each wagon used over 150 different pieced of wood to assemble to the wagon, making it weigh significantly more. The 1948 Ford Woody Wagon that Ralph Lauren owns is the last model that was all wood from the cowl back - this is why he wanted that year in particular.
Back in 1988, there were approximately 337 Porsche 959s produced, with just a few of them making their way to the US before their 25th birthday.
According to Car and Driver, under the hood was turbocharged 2.8-liter paired with a six-speed gearbox that was good for 444 hp all the way back in 1988! When Car and Driver first tested the car, they did zero-to-sixty in 3.6-seconds and hit a top speed of 190 mph, which at the time was the fastest test they had ever conducted.
The Ferrari 250 GT Short Wheel Base Berlinetta was quite the mouthful, so luckily it was known as the SWB for short. According to Road and Track, the SWB came in both a racing and a more pedestrian version of the car, if there is anything pedestrian about a V12.
The racing versions had an aluminum body and an engine was capable of making up to 275 hp, while the pedestrian version had a steel body and was capable of making up to 240 hp.
According to GQ, Ralph Lauren is the proud owner of a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB NART Spyder that is housed in his secret garage that is somewhere in Westchester, NY.
Only 10 of the NART Spyders were ever produced due to lack of demand. According to Car and Driver, the NART Spyder set a record at the RM Pebble Beach auction and was sold for $25 million dollars, the most expensive roadworthy vehicle sold at the auction.
Next on the list is yet another vintage Jaguar. According to Road and Track, only five Ferrari 375 Plus were ever produced, and Lauren was lucky enough have one in his collection.
The original owner of Lauren’s Ferrari was Enrique Saenz Valiente, who purchased the car brand new back in the 50s. Valiente won several races with the 375 Plus, as the stroked 4.9-liter V12 was good for 330 hp, which was a much more impressive number back in 50s.
The Porsche 550 Spyder was the car that James Dean was driving when he fatally crashed. According to Road and Track, only 90 550 Spyders were built, Porsche enthusiast Jerry Seinfeld was fortunate enough to have one in his collection at one point.
Ralph Lauren is the proud owner of the 61st 550 that was produced back in 1955. While the Porsche only packed a 1.5-liter under is hood that was good for 110 hp, it finished just behind the Ferrari that packed a V12.
The 8C 2300 was responsible for winning the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans back in 1931 and took the title for the next three consecutive years as well.
According to Road and Track, the Alfa Romeo chassis that Ralph Lauren now owns has been raced all over the world, even spending many years in Africa before it was imported to the US. The car then made its way to Germany before finally finding a place in Lauren’s collection in 1988 and has remained there ever since.
Sources: NYTimes, Road and Track, Car and Driver, Topspeed.