So what happened, or so I gather, is this. A chap who may or may not be called Frank took delivery of one of, if not THE very first McLaren MP4-12C to leave the factory. And on that very same afternoon he put it on eBay with a reserve of £250,000.

Approximately eight seconds later, the good people from the McLaren dealership in Birmingham (Rybrook) telephoned ‘Frank’ and asked him why he had done what he’d done, there having been a gentleman’s agreement in place among all 12C customers that they wouldn’t sell their cars on for financial gain. Not for the first few months of ownership, at any rate.

A short while later, Rybrook agreed to buy the car back from ‘Frank’ – for an undisclosed amount – and the problem disappeared (almost) as fast as it had arisen. The only trouble was, other 12C customers who were still waiting for their cars to be delivered were, shall we say, reasonably unchuffed to see a car for sale on eBay, which was clearly being sold on for a profit. Oops.

Conclusion; the customer who may or may not be called Frank won’t be appearing on McLaren’s Christmas card list next year, or the year after, it is safe to assume. And McLaren has probably learned a lesson about how keen certain supercar speculators are to make £65k in half an afternoon. Which is something that its friends over in Maranello have been rather more successful in dealing with over the years.

As McLaren is now all too aware, you live, and then you learn…