From the Jaguar F-Type to the Cadillac CTC and the the SRT Viper, we've driven some cars this year that could live in our garages with pride for decades to come. These vehicles are on the short list for the best of 2014, but what will push them over the edge into collector's items — coveted enough to be parked in the garages of aficionados like Jay Leno? We looked back at the undisputed classics — the iconic Corvette, the sleek Lamborghini, and the art deco style of the Bugatti 57sc — to get a sense of what it takes for a car to look even better at the ripe age of 50 than it did in the new car lot.
Alfa Romeo Duetto Spider [1966-67]
Number made: 15,000 (est.)
What one will cost you: $10,000-$13,500
Engine: 1.6 liter, twin-cam inline 4
Top speed: 118 mph
0-60 mph: 10.0 seconds
History: This is the car that Dustin Hoffman drove in 1967's The Graduate. It became so married to that movie that in the eighties Alfa began calling the car the Graduate Spider. Hoffman was a nephew of an Alfa Romeo importer, thus enabling one of the first great moments in product placement.
Design: That the Alfa was serendipitously cast is clear. The car seemed to be built to navigate the passage between college and real life. It was an early midlife-crisis machine, far less pathetic than an actual midlife-crisis machine. Lurking underneath the Alfa's adorable bodywork was the tortured soul of a lover, and the Duetto – not quite a sports car, not quite a tourer – embodied the confusion of the young male animal.