The Art of the Automobile - Interview with Ralph Lauren


This summer at the renowned Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris X431 PAD, one of the most celebrated car collections in the world—that of Mr. Ralph Lauren—will be on display. Running from April 28-August 28, the exhibit, appropriately titled The Art of the Automobile, is a must-see for any enthusiast. For the exhibition catalog Autel MD801, curator Rodolphe Rapetti interviewed Mr. Lauren. The following is an excerpt from that interview.

How and when did you start collecting cars? What was your initial motivation when you first started collecting? Has it changed over time?

I don't think of myself as a collector of cars. In my mind, they are like parts of me. Cars are fun, like toys, and when you start to experience different kinds, especially when you can't afford them, you look at them and dream about them. Each car offers a different experience. It doesn't matter if it's a brand new Bugatti or a 1961 Morgan. I have that variation in my collection. I never thought of myself as a person who was going to buy cars to put them out there; I thought of myself driving them. I thought of myself living and experiencing them as they were part of me, not possessions or artistic beauty for someone else to look at, but for me to drive and drive my kids around in, and ultimately become the character of the car.

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