They say that if you keep wearing something for long enough, it's bound to come back into style. Nissan must be hoping this proves true for its ageless sports car, the iconic 370Z.
On the market and fundamentally unchanged for almost an entire decade, the Japanese maker's classic sports coupe must be close to having a "do not resuscitate" order placed upon it.
Yet here it is, still as alluring and sexy looking as ever, and still dragging diehard buyers into Nissan dealerships across the country.
At last count, Nissan was still managing to sell about 30 Zed cars every month - pushing its total Australian sales well beyond 4200 units - remarkable for a piece of technology launched in the same year as Kodak's digital photo frame, Google Chrome and a couple of short-lived social media platforms called Twitter and Facebook.
You could argue that technically, this isn't a new car road test at all - just a little detour down memory lane to revisit a much-loved old friend.
If that's the case, I plead guilty.
Sports cars - particularly Japanese ones - are not always noted for their longevity. Yet Nissan's Zed models - a lineage that began with the stunning 240Z way back in 1969 - is soon to chalk up its 50th anniversary. Not bad for a car sold as the Fairlady in its homeland - a moniker that surely would have spelled a sudden demise elsewhere on the planet.
The 370Z is the sixth model - not all of them good - to wear the Z badge over that timeframe.
Like many of us, the Zed gained weight and lost much of its athleticism during its middle years, when the third-generation 280Z was released on the American market in 1978. It kept the same silhouette but too many luxury touches made it downright soft and flabby by comparison to earlier iterations.
Fortunately the fifth-generation 350Z revived the original recipe in 2003. Now the 370Z, despite getting a little long in the tooth, remains one of the great head-turners of the modern generation. That lithe, contoured profile, coupled with those big, powerful haunches, give it the classic "looks like it's going fast, even when it's sitting still" appeal.
No wonder the diehards keep lining up for more.
Nissan, for its part, is keeping the faith - releasing not one but two updated versions of the 370Z in the past few months.
First was the release late last year of a special NISMO model - tweaked by the Japanese maker's in-house performance team to deliver more power, stiffer suspension and better brakes.
Then Nissan followed up with the 2018 facelift tested here. To be honest it's more lip service than a full facial, adding such modest changes as smoked front and rear lights, smoked door handles and redesigned alloy wheels. There's even a different shade of red.
But the real surgery has been performed on the price. If you're happy to miss out on all the NISMO go-fast bits, the latest Zed can be yours for $49,990, as long as you're prepared to go fully old-school with a six-speed manual transmission..
Still, that's a full $15,000 less than this car cost when it first arrived - all lithe and lovely - on our roads just after Christmas 2008.
And for that money it still takes a power of beating.
There's the snarly 3.7-litre V6 engine (with 245 kilowatts and 363Nm), the raw exhaust note and the big fat tyres ensuring a vice-like grip on the tarmac.
It accelerates with enough venom to still get your pulse racing and it delivers plenty of reward for those brave enough to throw it full-tilt into a set of corners.
With sports seats and a cockpit that seems to wrap itself around you, it's dripping in that good old sports car appeal.
The great irony of this, of course, is that the 370Z - with two snug seats and barely enough room for a shopping basket in the rear cargo hatch, is now one of only two non-SUV Nissans still on the market. The other is the even more impractical GTR - underlining yet again how SUVs have succeeded in their bid for global domination.
Still, for the self-indulgent, the 370Z cockpit is a lovely place to be, even if most of the technology and presentation is showing its age. The centre-stack is serviceable but would have been a whole lot more contemporary when the car was fresh and new. There's still a slot to insert your CDs, for goodness sake, and an old-style handbrake is another sign of this car's age.
The BOSE stereo remains a good one; while the electrically operated sports seats (trimmed in leather), keyless entry and push-button start plus 7-inch colour touch-screen are all contemporary features.
That centre screen also features a reversing camera - but one astonishing oversight is the lack of reverse parking sensors. For a car with such poor rear visibility - and with such wide and robust rear end - surely some additional help isn't too much to ask.
But point this big coupe at a couple of tight, twisty turns and you'll forgive it just about any transgressions. It remains glued to the road, impeccably balanced and delightfully accurate in its steering.
Nissan has always done engines and transmissions well and the recently tweaked 3.7-litre V6 is no exception. It's instantly responsive and loves to rev - with its big dual exhausts making themselves very well heard in the process.
Electronic safety stretches to vehicle dynamic control - but forget about any of the collision avoidance systems so commonplace among cars of this ilk.
What it does deliver is character - in big, syrupy doses - and that's something that will never go out of fashion.
HOW BIG? It's a substantial car but one that delivers pretty modest interior space. The driver and passenger have no trouble getting comfortable, but good luck fitting anything of any bulk into the rear cargo hatch.
HOW FAST? Nissan doesn't give an official performance figure these days - perhaps evidence that the car has slipped a little behind the pack - but it's more than quick enough for the average enthusiast.
HOW THIRSTY? Again, that big V6 is more partial to a drink than its more efficient modern-day turbo rivals, with an average of 10.4l/100km.
HOW MUCH? Value is one thing that has improved with age - with retail pricing from$49,900 plus on-road charges.