Exciting. Jaguar is to recreate the ‘missing’ 128 X-Types that never reached their middle-management drivers in 2008 because a fleet operator cancelled the order.
No, that’s not right. Actually, Jaguar is recreating nine XKSSs that were destroyed by fire in 1957. You may remember it remade some ‘missing’ lightweight E-Types last year, and that went down so well that it has decided to do it again.
But the X-Type gag, cheap though it was, is a reminder that, no matter how much rich heritage a company has (and Jaguar has its share), there are things in our pasts we’d prefer not to sing and dance about.
And no matter how happy I am when I remember Team Autocar’s third place in the Silverstone 24-hour race in 2008, I can’t shake the memory, a couple of years previously, of driving a Lotus Exige off a road, down a bank and into a bush, perhaps even a small tree, backwards, entirely of my own volition. You live and learn.