When this entirely new sports car debuted at the 2012 Paris motor show, it entered a segment of the market that accounts for a scant 0.6% of all new-car sales. No matter: The F-Type wasn’t conceived as a volume model; it was to be a halo car, a rolling daydream and the spiritual successor to the iconic Jaguar sports cars of yore, a list that includes the company’s Le Mans-winning C- and D-Type racers and the vaunted XKSS and E-Type road cars.

With her eldest son off to university this year, one adventurous mother has begun to contemplate a proper reward – to herself – for a parenting job well done. A 380-horsepower F-Type S Convertible in British Racing Green may be just the ticket: a flamboyant, frivolous and noisy return to younger and wilder days.

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