It’s 20 years since Lexus started selling cars in Britain, and to mark the fact the company has just blown the indulgent sum of £2000 acquiring itself an H-plate example of the landmark LS400 as a heritage toy. The car in question was found on eBay, being sold by a small used car dealer in southern England with 103,000 miles on the clock, a leather driver’s seat only lightly shiny with use and an interior aroma mildly redolent of minicabs, though it doesn’t look like it’s lead that hard and unloved a life.

In fact, a delve into the owner’s pack revealed a service history book brim-filled with stamps from Lexus dealerships all the way to 84,000 miles, and a sheaf of invoices, suggesting more of a no-reasonable-expense-spared approach to its upkeep.

Which had much to do with why Lexus afforded it no more than a valet and a new set of tyres before letting assorted UK hacks loose on it at the annual Society of Motor Manufacturers Test day at GM’s Millbrook proving ground, where the LS faced a day of moderately keen lapping around the challenging hill route.