Besides, if I want something classically British, open to the elements but good to drive I'd go for a Caterham, as previously discussed.
But then, through a conversation with Chris Harris at the Geneva show one year, I somehow ended up driving a Plus 8 back from Switzerland across the snow-covered Jura. Having taken it out there he was seeking someone stupid enough to drive it back. I was that man.
And what a revelation it turned out to be. This being a 'new school' Plus 8 this wasn't some wheezy old Rover V8 in a wobbly ash frame. This was a proper car based around a lightweight, aluminium chassis and with a 4.8-litre BMW V8 engine. A beguiling mix of traditional Morgan styling and character and very, very modern performance. I loved it.
So I've harboured what might be called 'a bit of a thing' for Morgans ever since. Especially the Aero 8 from which that latest Plus 8 is derived. The boss-eyed original is quite a car, reckoned to be Morgan's first actually new model since 1948. Whether or not that's something to be celebrated or appalled by will depend where you sit along the Morgan traditionalist axis; as someone thus far immune to the charms of the brand I'm definitely an advocate.