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.
Lincoln Continental 
Number made: 25,000 (est.)
What one will cost you: $10,000-$20,000
Engine: 7.0 liter, overhead-valve V-8
Top speed: 108 mph
0-60 mph: 13.5 seconds
History: The Continental sat at the top rung of the American luxury-car ladder alongside Cadillac and the Chrysler New Yorker. It was Lincoln's only car for 1961, and came in sedan and convertible. Despite its limited scope it served the brand well with its luxurious appointments and impeccable quality.
Design: A design of apparent simplicity but extreme refinement. Unlike its Detroit brethren, there were no tail fins lingering past their late-fifties sell-by date. The chrome, where applied, was tasteful. And although it looked as if a third-grader could have drawn it, the Continental revealed its subtleties slowly, a sheet metal striptease that has lasted four decades.
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