- Source: Jaguar

Jaguar are selling new XK engine blocks from the 1960s

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2d ago


Jaguar is a massively established brand both on the race track and on the road - that's no secret. Their multiple accolades in motorsport are remarkable thanks to their innovative ideas and great talent.

Jaguar have produced some cracking cars and some even more exceptional engines. Arguably one of its best engines was the straight-six XK engine produced between 1948 and 1992. Some of Jaguar's best cars such as the D-Type, E-Type, XJ6 and the XK120 all share the same iconic engine. The XK6 engine was even used in a few military vehicles - talk about versatility.

The iconic British marque is now selling the engine blocks from the XK6 engine after five decades of absence. The 3.8-litre cast-iron engine blocks will be produced by Jaguar Classic and are priced at £14,340 - that's the same price as a new VW Up.

Every engine will be given a certificate of authenticity and, once its provenience is confirmed, it will be stamped with the car's original matching engine number. Due to the engine being a 3.8-litre, the engine can fit into most Jaguar models built from 1958-1968 and will produce an appetising 261bhp.

That sleek body shape is recognisable from any angle.

That sleek body shape is recognisable from any angle.

The new engine block can fit in cars like: the XK150 and XK150S, the Mark 2, the S-type and of course the first Series 1 E-types.

Although many replacement engines are 'crate engines' favoured by the American market, Jaguar are just selling the engine block, produced to authentic specifications and is approved by Jaguar Classic engineers. Jaguar Classic say that these are the only official brand-new XK6 engine available for purchase.

The double overhead cam head and ancillaries do not come with the engine block but Jaguar Classic sells the individual parts for engines they have produced - it'll cost you quite a chunk of money.

The 3.8-litre XK engine debuted in 1958 and was used in the last XK150s and Mark IX saloons. One of the first test runs for the XK engines (3.2-litre) was after the Second World War on September 15th 1947 and produced 142bhp at 5,000rpm.

The first time the XK engine was used in a car wasn't until a year later when it debuted at the 1948 London Motor Show in the legendary XK120. The XK120 was produced within a very tight time window and featured a very modern-looking body. You might also remember the XK120 from the Top Gear episode 'The Race to the North' where everyone took transport that was appropriate transport used in the late 1940s.

Should you buy it?

Unless you own a classic Jaguar it would go to waste. Saying that, for 14 grand, you can buy some pretty good classic cars. It could make a nice coffee table...

Should Jaguar revive more classic engines? Have your say in the comments below!

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Comments (5)


      2 days ago
  • that engine in a Mazda MX-5 would make for an interesting project though!

      1 day ago
  • Seems expensive. There must he plenty of old XK engines knocking about.....

    With regard to EVs, the Jaguar ‘heritage’ electric motor set-up is designed to slot into the space left by the old ICE boat anchor....!

      1 day ago