A chap on Pistonheads was offering free HPI checks from his website (icarcheck.net). I ran through the website the number plate of my car. It returned saying the car had a private plate (DMM1J) which was transferred back on 22/09/2004. I thought this date rang a bell - I dug out the document containing the details of previous owners and on 20/09/2004 the car was sold by the second owner. A quick look on taxdisc.direct.gov.uk showed the private plate that was once on F650EDV is currently on a newer silver Jaguar Sovereign.
There was still a chance DMM1J still belonged to the previous owner of my car and there was a chance the second owner still resided in the same area.
I briefly mentioned this in an email conversation with Letitia Mace of Xclusively Jaguar, who resides in the same area as the first & second owners of F650EDV. She said she recalls seeing DMM1J on a silver Jaguar Sovereign previously in the area and would try and speak to the driver the next time she saw the car.
Well, a few weeks ago I had an email drop into my inbox. Letitia had seen the car parked in her local Tescos car park, so she walked over and the driver was sitting in the car - a nice lady called Beryl. The driver of the current DMM1J confirmed that the number plate was originally on a dark green Daimler S3 V12 and that it was then transferred to a dark red Sovereign. She said that all of the Jaguars were at one time owned by her late husband.
Beryl rang Letitia yesterday and I got an email back from Letitia with some more history on the car and Beryl's contact details. I rang Beryl today and she confirmed that her husband was a previous owner of F650EDV. She said they bought the car as a one owner, low mileage example - apparently the first owner mostly used the car for trips to the local golf course. She said she has an A3 print of their dark green S3 V12 and my XJ40 both wearing DMM1J at the time of transfer as well as an A3 print of my XJ40 and her current silver Sovereign also both wearing DMM1J at the time of transfer. She said she will scan these and get Letitia to email the scans on to myself. She also informed me that, whilst her husband was in hospital, she had the car resprayed as a surprise present for him. When she went to collect him from hospital, he asked if she was sure she had got the correct car, as this one looked brand spanking new. She also told me the reason for the droopy headliner - it came apart when the car was in the oven following painting.
That draws a close to to tracing the history of my car - and what a fantastic history it is.