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.
Chevrolet Corvette 
Number made: 11,465 coupes (est.), 20,000 convertibles (est.)
What one will cost you: $10,000 (sport coupe), $120,000 (L88 model)
Engine: 5.4 liter, overhead-valve V-8
Top speed: 132 mph (est.)
0-60 mph: 7.0 seconds (est.)
History: Whereas the Sting Ray line that began in '63 was new from the ground up, the '68 was merely a new body on an existing chassis. The third-generation, or C3, shape lasted until 1982, but it never looked as good as it did when it came out in '68.
Design: Corvette purists argue that the second-generation cars, built from 1963 to 1967, captured the spirit of American performance best. But it wasn't until the third-generation Corvette that the bodywork finally caught up with its symbolism. For the first time the car had a waistline, a narrowing down of its midsection for what came to be known as the Coke bottle shape. It also had ample pectorals, swooping, capelike buttresses, and gills behind the front wheels for brake cooling.
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