Car Collector was published monthly starting in January 1978 by Classic Publishing in Norcross and later Atlanta, Georgia. The magazine focused on the hobby of collecting classic, antique and nostalgia cars. The publisher was Fred Lawson, and the first editor was Donald Peterson.
After one year of publication, Mr. Lawson purchased Car Classics, which was folded into Car Collector magazine and became Car Collector and Car Classics with the February, 1979 issue. And then in 1988, Lawson purchased Nostalgic Cars from Dobbs Publishing, and it too was folded into this title.
The editor, Don Peterson, served in the role for 14 years. He became half owner during this time, and he sold his interest in the mid-1990s. More information can be found in Mr Peterson's obituary.
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The publisher provided net paid circulation data to Gale Research and Oxbridge Communication's The Standard Periodical Directory from 1980 through 1995. Annual print production started at 101,600 and dropped at a steady rate to 54,900 print issues by the end of this time period.
The title was published continuously until 2009, but only images through 2000 are presently included.