The display at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, located in the western wing of the famous Louvre museum, features 17 cars chosen by the curator Rodolphe Rapetti.
The exhibition, which runs until the end of August, opened with a VIP party and dinner, attended by car-loving celebrities including Jean Reno, Zhang Ziyi and Jackie Stewart.
Amongst the automobiles on show are the “Blower” Bentley (1929), the Ferrari 250 GTO (1962), the Mercedes 300 SL (1955) and the Jaguar “D type".
However, arguably the centrepiece attraction is the Bugatti Atlantic (1938), which is one of only four models ever built, and one of only two remaining today. It was also the inspiration behind the new Sporting Automotive watch which is now on sale in the US.
For those unable to attend the exhibition, Ralph Lauren has collected the sounds of the engines online at http://ralphlaurencarcollection.co.uk.