Hi Laurence and members. Thank you for the welcome. I apologise for taking a while to respond… it is all a little crazy at the moment, as it is for everyone I guess.
I found the club whilst google searching one evening. There looks to be a wealth of great info here, a lot of which I wish I had discovered a couple of years ago when I purchased my XJSC. My father actually purchased my car back in 1988. It was his dream car and I think we were both very disappointed when he sold it. I think it always regretted it. A few years after he passed away I started to think that it was probably the only thing I could remember him spoiling himself with. He normally put the family first at every turn. This in mind I set about trying to track the car down. After a number of unsuccessful attempts (due to privacy issues), I used some questionable tactics through acquaintances who have better access than me and got a name of the owner at the time. A phone call to him out of the blue, and fortunate timing saw him offer to sell the car back to me. A short flight with my mother and we had a 6 hour road trip back to Auckland and some great memories. The car is great, but not perfect… yet. I have plenty of time. It will not be leaving my hands for as long as I am around. Forgot to mention, I purchased the car back 21 years after he sold it!