Renewed customer interest saved both salad cream and Subbuteo when they were threatened with their production ending.

Their respective waning popularity was apparently caused by the inexorable rise of mayonnaise and video games as we all morphed into louche poshos.

But when their makers announced their demises, an upsurge in nostalgic popularity caused U-turns. And praise be, to this day, we can still enjoy tangy lettuce while flicking hemispherically mounted figurines around a tabletop.

I thought this was quite a recent memory, but it turns out that both products were saved in 2000.

If you thought so too, apologies for reminding you of that particularly horrible phenomenon of ageing whereby what you thought happened last week you actually recall from several decades past, even though you can’t find the glasses that you set down 20 minutes ago.

Anyway, the Ford Fiesta, perhaps Britain’s best-loved small car, went out of production last month. I don’t know if demand for the new supermini had picked up notably, but there’s rather more regulation on new cars than plastic footballers, there are more supply contracts to sign and factory capacities to worry about, so I suspect that no amount of craving would have saved a model whose profitability was crippled by mandatory safety and emissions obligations.

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Its demise did, though, cause an upsurge in interest in older Fiestas. The classifieds website Car & Classic noted that searches for Fiestas rose 70% over their normal levels during the weekend that Fiesta production finished.

But what of values? I don’t suppose there are huge numbers of people looking into Fiestas as investment buys, but it stands to reason that when demand rises, so do prices.