You can understand it – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, and the 911 – one of a few models to have truly earned the badge 'iconic' – is most certainly not broke.
And so we move on to possibly the only other two-seater sports car to have earned its 'iconic' stripes (and here I can positively hear you reaching for the quills in disagreement: bring it on). Yes, I give you the Mazda MX-5. Here’s a model that is so not-broke, that the millionth car has just rolled off the production line and will make its well-deserved glorious appearance at this year’s Festival of Speed.
So permanently posted in the firmament is the MX-5, shining in an automotive Valhalla that it shows no sign of being ousted from, that it not only holds the Guinness World Record for the best-selling two-seater sports car, but every time Mazda reaches another 10,000 or so sold, they simply ring up the Guinness bloke and update the record. No one else is within touching distance.
So what the hell does Mazda do next? It could tread the 911 boards and simply tweak the design now and again (I’m not sure turbos will ever be on the agenda – those little petrol SkyActiv engines are a slice of magic and are never happier than when revving to 7,000rpm). Or, they could produce a couple of spin-off concepts, and here we have the Speedster and Spyder variants which will also be gracing the Goodwood lawns at the end of this month. Good-looking developments, both.