It might sound mad, but I’ve been mulling over the idea of buying a Renault Clio 197 Cup, running it in, and then laying it down, like a good bottle of wine, for a decade or so.

The thinking here is that I don’t quite need one now, but might be able to make use of it in 10 years time when there’ll be few left in decent condition, and when driver’s cars of this format may have become something less entertaining than this brilliant little Renault.

And it’ll be curiously satisfying to drive around in a 10 year old car that not only looks new, but effectively is new too.

In fact, there’s nothing novel about laying fresh-made cars down for the future, though the motivation has often been to turn a profit rather than the curiosity of enjoying something that’s old, but new. Profits probably unrealised, if inflation, storage costs and the lost interest on the original outlay are factored in. 

Back in 1981, for instance, a surprising number of optimists figured that a Limited Edition version of the MGB and MGB GT might make a good investment bet, and several of the pewter B GTs and bronze Bs were tucked away in garages, awaiting an escalation in value. Which is why you very occasionally see adverts for one of these cars, of which under 100 were made, with nominal mileages. In fact, they fetch quite good money, but whether £8-10,000 has made it worth storing a car over two decades is debatable.