The fate of Lloyd's white van, which transports four tonnes of vital policy documentation down the A2 to Chatham, where it's input into central systems, appears to be finely balanced.

The highly inefficient system is under the spotlight of new chief executive Richard Ward and before long could finally be sent to scrapheap heaven.

Passionate bidding for the Lloyd's treasure could ensue if, as expected, it is taken off the road.

The likes of Grahame Chilton, Dane Douetil or even Lord Levene could dip into company coffers to capture the famous piece of Lloyd's history to save it from extinction.

Backchat wonders though whether the fervour of bidding will have more to do with the documents in the van rather than its sentimental value.