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.
Ferrari 365GTB4 "Daytona" [1968-73]
Number made: 1,270 coupes (est.), 124 convertibles (est.)
What one will cost you: $105,000-$140,000 (coupe), $300,000- $400,000 (convertible)
Engine: 4.4 liter, twin-cam V-12
Top speed: 174 mph
0-60 mph: 5.9 seconds
History: It was also the first car to go from New York to Los Angeles in less than 36 hours: A 1972 model driven by grand prix driver Dan Gurney and Car and Driver's Brock Yates on the Cannonball Run made abundant use of the car's 170 mph top speed.
Design: Lightning in a bottle. In one cursive swoop the shark-nosed Daytona captured all the grace, power, and sex appeal that made Enzo Ferrari the Zeus of sports-car makers. The 365GTB4 had a low rear end, a long protruding hood that signaled powerful rear wheels, and a massive engine. The driver sat tucked back over the rear axle, reclining. Mechanically speaking, it may not have been Ferrari's most avant-garde car – it wasn't midengined – but it was the fastest and best-looking two-seater extant.
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