Answer – just £52.60 in the case of our new long term Jaguar XKR-S, although to be 100 per cent accurate it’s probably a little bit more than that because, as you can see from the picture below, it’s only the R and S that need replacing…

You guessed it, in the end it took just nine days for some neanderthal – probably a yoof, though not necessarily so around these parts – to leave their mark of insignificance on the Jag. And what’s saddest of all is that, for most of the time, and for most observers, the XKR-S is quite clearly a thing to celebrate.

Even though I’ve covered less than 1000 miles in it, I’ve lost count of the number of people who’ve given me the big thumbs up in it, either from the pavement or from behind the wheels of other cars. The common reaction towards it seems genuinely to be one of approval, or undiluted joy in some cases. Which is interesting given how ostentatious it must appear within the everyday motoring landscape.