Steve is a fan of Jaguars and currently owns four, one of which is an XJ40: ‘It’s a 1990 2.9-litre Sovereign, which is quite rare, and I bought it back in May 1999. It was a spur-ofthe-moment purchase – I spotted it at a local dealer and reckoned it offered a lot of car for the money. It had done 84,000 miles, had a full Jaguar service history, and was for sale for less than £5000. Admittedly, I’ve spent quite a lot of money on it since but then I’m a firm believer in prevention being better than cure!
‘I had the front subframe powder-coated, overhauled the brakes and suspension, and attended to some minor cosmetics. I was using it as an everyday car at the time, so it was worth doing, and although it only gets occasional use now, I’ve been impressed by the reliability. XJs get a bad press, but mine has never let me down and has only needed to have a central locking solenoid and the aircon compressor replaced. That’s pretty good going for a 25-year-old car, I think.’