So a little birdie who shall remain nameless told me three very interesting things about Jaguar the other day.

One, that there will be a four-wheel-drive version of the Jaguar F-type next year, which was subsequently confirmed by official sources just yesterday.

Two, that there will also be a manual gearbox version of the F-type available from early next year “because there are still a good 10 per cent of F-type drivers who would genuinely prefer to change gear by themselves".

Three, that Jaguar is kicking itself, albeit quite lightly, for not choosing to build more Project 7s. The Project 7 is a kind of speedster version of the F-type V8 convertible, as you know. Its build numbers were limited by Jaguar to just a few handfuls, at around £150k each.