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Some old dogs don’t need new tricks

Right now the Geneva Motor Show is in full swing. Already it has been packed with stunning supercar debuts – Ferrari 488 GTB, Lamborghini Aventador SV, McLaren P1 GTR and 675 Lt, Aston Martin Vulcan, DBX and Vantage GT3 racer, Koenigsegg Regera, new Audi R8, and Porsche Cayman GT4 and 911 GT3 RS. No doubt about it, these are good times. Great times. Fantastic times.

And yet, down here at the Prindiville showroom on the edge of Shoreditch and the City of London, the recent arrival of a couple of ‘old timers’ created just as much of a neck-swivelling stir. Two of the poster children of the 1980s turned up on our doorstep and the local area ground to a dumbstruck halt.

White Lamborghini Countach. Red Ferrari Testarossa. Old cars, certainly, but still massively charismatic. Still jaw-dropping in an age where we sort of assume that we’ve seen it all. The crowds on the street outside comprised those who were youngsters at the time this iconic pair were forging life-long fantasies and still yearned to own one, through to youngsters brought up on computer driving games who could nevertheless appreciate ‘super’ when they saw it.

As we closed the showroom doors and the crowd reluctantly dispersed, the Prindiville team enjoyed a private smile – we’re forever being fed the line that the newest is the best (and sometimes that’s very true), but our experience shows that with certain cars, age is absolutely no barrier to their desirability.

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