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.
Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato [1960-63]
Number made: 19
What one will cost you: $1.3-$2.5 million
Engine: 3.7 liter, twin-cam inline 6
Top speed: 153 mph
0-60 mph: 6.1 seconds
History: Zagato took Aston's DB4GT and went to town. The result is a million-dollar collectible prized for its rarity and for the way it fused the English and Italian philosophies of style.
Design: Take the highest-performance British road car of its era, graft on Italian bodywork from glue-sniffing coachbuilders Zagato, and you have either an immobilized piece of lawn sculpture or one of the most collectible cars of all time. Luckily for Aston, the Zagato-bodied DB4GT turned out to be the latter. If it weren't one of the sixties' great performance cars it might have been just another forgotten oddity.
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