I’ve a soft spot for the 500s, between about 1986 and 1990 I was half-owner of one, gloss-black with metal flakes. We had a ball in it for a couple of years until the other half drove it over a speed-hump too fast, an engine mount snapped and it went no more. For several years it sat in Richard’s garden with the intention that we’d get it back on the road again — it never happened. He moved house and either sold it or sent it to the wreckers. I still get a wistful expression when I see them putter past on the streets.

Today I saw that the Fiat 500 has been named the number one sexiest car in the world! I’m sure it’ll do wonderful things for their resale value, not so good things for my thoughts on one day getting one….

Sure wish I had a copy of the photo we took all those years ago of it sitting beside the Lamborghini Countach in the car-park of the Lakeside hotel….