Thank you for the kind words.
I am very fortunate to own this Canadian market 1990 V12 Vanden Plas. It was meticulously restored by the second owner, Dr. Gregory Andrachuk (author of the excellent Jag-Lovers book JAGCARE III), in 2002 and it was the JCNA North American Concours Champion in it’s class in 2003. Then it was purchased by the third owner who imported it into the USA from Canada in 2004 and barely drove it. When I purchased it in 2011 it was still in stunning condition and drove great. It has scored very well (more than a few 100.00 scores) over the past 7 years that I have competed it in JCNA Champion Division Concours. This car is not a trailer queen and it has experienced snow, dust storms, and more than a few maintenance issues as I drove it 2-3 thousand miles each year including driving it to roughly 30 concours all around the Southwest USA.
However, it was time for me to address a wide range of engine bay issues, and as you can tell I am very pleased with the results.
I recently completed a more thorough engine bay restoration in my wife’s Signal Red 1990 Classic Collection XJ-S convertible (5.3L V12) with similar results. The engine bays are very similar and I learned a lot while restoring that engine bay so this one wasn’t nearly as daunting and I completed it in a lot less time.