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.
Lamborghini Countach [1974-89]
Number made: 1,970 (est.)
What one will cost you: $40,000-$85,000 (est.), $62,000- $89,000 for the 1989 anniversary edition
Engine: 4.0 liter, twin-cam V-12
Top speed: 175 mph
0-60 mph: 6.9 seconds
History: The Countach's mission was to dust them all as the highest-performing ultracar in the world. When it came out in 1974 it had a 3.9-liter engine churning out 375 hp. Subsequent models grew bigger engines, but they also grew air scoops and strakes like tumors, infecting the purity of the original shape.
Design: "Countach" is Italian slang for "Holy shit!" Nuccio Bertone, whose design house was responsible for the car, allegedly yelled the word upon seeing the sketches. His words continue to be a common rejoinder to a passing Countach. In breaking out of the classicism of the fifties and sixties, its origami-inspired lines influenced almost every other car of the seventies.
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