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.

In the early 2000s, publishing moved to Titusville, Florida. It is uncertain if there was an ownership change with this move.

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The publisher provided net paid circulation data to N.W. Ayer's Directory of Newspapers and Periodicals, Gale Research's Directory of Publications, 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 from 1993 through 1995.

A total of 381 issues was printed from January, 1978 through Nov/Dec 2009. All images are complete.

An internet presence was created and the URL noted on the front covers starting in September, 1999. The site is now defunct: www.carcollector.com.