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.
Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz 
Number made: 99 (est.)
What one will cost you: $60,000-$100,000
Engine size: 6.4 liter, overhead-valve V-8
Top speed: n/a
0-60 mph: 10.3 seconds
History: After '59, Cadillac tail fin height ebbed, and with it went the buckets of chrome. The Cadillacs of the sixties grew more staid and introverted, which shouldn't have been allowed to happen.
Design: In the fifties optimism was measured in tail fins. And in no car were the tail fins taller, sharper, or more hopelessly optimistic than in the 1959 Cadillacs. The Biarritz was chosen for this list because it was arguably the most outlandishly chromed and pointy creation to issue from American styling studios in the entire decade. The Eldo channeled the mentality of excess that would lead not only to tail fins tall enough to provide shelter for elves, but a car-naming strategy that needed both the Spanish and French languages to get its point across. Yes, this was the most luxurious, over-the-top machine of the jet age, and its swagger was the source of its sexiness.
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