Ralph Lauren has been synonymous with style since the late 60s. After dropping out of Baruch College, where he was studying to earn a degree in Business, Mr. Lauren, then known as Ralph Lifshitz, began making ties. He sold them to area clothing retailers, and was subsequently approached by Neiman Marcus. It was straight up from there. His necktie line was hugely successful, and he was able to open his own store in Manhattan in 1967. He then opened a second shop on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, and expanded his line to menswear, four years later. His expanded men's line led to demand for a women's line, and suddenly, Ralph Lauren, now known as RL, was everywhere. Fast forward to 2013, and his company now has 35 boutiques around the United States, and the Polo Ralph Lauren brand is available around the world. The company is reportedly worth approximately $7 billion dollars. In 2010, he was declared Chevalier de la Legion d'honneur by Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris. His clothing has also been featured in multiple films, including "The Great Gatsby" and "Annie Hall". In addition to having great taste in clothes, he has also built a solid reputation as a car connoisseur. His collection is legendary, and he recently added a very nice Ruf CTR-3 to his garage.
The Ruf CTR-3 is manufactured by Ruf Automobile in Germany, and is an enhanced Porsche Cayman. The CTR-3 was launched in 2007 and uses the body panels and engine of the Cayman, but has its own body, which was entirely designed by Ruf, and manufactured with a combination of kevlar-carbon, steel, and aluminum. It runs on a 3.8 liter flat-6 engine with twin KK&K turbochargers which produce 691 horse power. The vehicle can go from 0-60 in 3.1 seconds and has a top speed of 233 miles per hour. Ralph Lauren is known for liking the finer things in life, and has no trouble spending his money to get them. The Ruf CTR-3, with its gorgeous design and $570,000 price tag, is no exception.