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Autonomous (aka self-driving) cars will likely have a bigger impact on the collector car market/hobby than shift from ICE to electric power. For most people a car is a transportation appliance not something to experience, cherish, or collect. This will become more true as most people don't engage in the physical act of driving, or as individual car ownership declines in favor of on-demand hailing of an autonomous vehicle fleet.

That said there will always be people who enjoy cars just as S1000RR said people still enjoy horses. It's been nearly a century since horses were a common form of transportation but there are still plenty of people who show them, race them, ride them on trails or off main roads, etc. I suspect car hobby will be somewhat analogous in 30-50 years.

Today people of all ages, but particularly "millennials", place increasing value on unique experiences. For some owning, driving, showing, racing a vintage car is one of those experiences. I have a 20-something colleague at work, she and her husband don't own a modern car as they live in the city and commute exclusively via subway / Uber / Lyft. But they do own a vintage VW bus that they drive on weekends, show casually at local shows, and take on camping road trips.

So electrification, autonomy, and generational shifts will change the hobby undoubtedly but none will kill it.
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