I’m genuinely fired-up by Brightwells’ Modern Classics sale, and not only because of the cars being offered, but what it says about recent trends in the market. There’s always going to a be a place for the classic movement’s ‘foundation’ cars – Jaguar E-types and XKs, Triumph TRs, RollsRoyces and Bentleys and, of course, MGBs and their ilk. But that doesn’t mean to say there haven’t been exciting, interesting and enjoyable cars made since those went out of production – far from it in fact. Let’s be honest, the MGF, for example, is attracting people just as second-hand 1960s MGBs did in the 1970s. And isn’t the first-generation XK8 merely a latter-day E-type in terms of being great used value? Cars from 1980-onwards often represent great value for money, and can be fun to drive and not too expensive when it comes to maintenance. Simply saying they’re too modern, and with no place in the classic movement is plain ridiculous.