After last night’s sad news about Bristol Cars going into administration, I can’t help wondering what will become of Britain’s most bijou luxury car maker.

If history had been different, Bristol could have been up with Bentley by now. As it is, it has been limping along for years. And for as long as any of us can remember, the company has refused to release any sales figures - which probably tells you all you need to know.

So should it be allowed to follow the countless other old British brands into obscurity?