So where do you stand on Jaguar producing six new lightweight E-types?

Is it a good idea and a worthy celebration of one of the finest sports cars ever produced? Or an unnecessary plundering of history from a company that should now be looking solely to the future as it's been burdened by its past?

I must admit that I have been edging to the latter point of view ever since the idea was announced, and even the images of the car released last week didn't sway me much.

Not least because I just couldn't see any of Jag's rivals following suit. You can't imagine a few new Ferrari 275 GTs or half a dozen Mercedes 300SL Gullwings going on sale.

But I am being slightly converted – not just because I've now had a chance to see the car in the metal at its Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance reveal. Largely because the craftsmanship of the car itself is exquisite – as it should be for the rumoured £1 million price tag – but even so, the attention to detail is breathtaking.