Yesterday's Heroes: Ferrari Testarossa Vs Lamborghini Countach

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Happiness is a V12-engined Italian exotic.

For some of us who grew up in the 1980s, the time when our car passions came into being, there were two supercars in particular that we craved. They were the Ferrari Testarossa and Lamborghini Countach. Both were unlike anything else at the time and a far cry from what our baby boomer parents drove. These Italian dream machines came with V12 engines, manual gearboxes, distinctive styling, and enough exotic sex appeal that even nine-year-olds could appreciate.

Seeing one in person was rare, but not impossible. Catching one on the road became a day to remember forever. In fact, there are many Testarossa and Countach owners today who grew up worshipping these cars. They made their dreams come true and bought one as an adult. Are they still expensive? Yes, but not entirely unaffordable. Often times spending big is the best way to realize a childhood dream.

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