Production of new Jaguar 3.8-liter engine blocks launched

Jaguar Classic casting replacements for legendary 1950-60s straight-6 engines

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The new straight-6 blocks are touted as exact replacements for 3.8-liter Jaguar engines | Jaguar Classic

Jaguar’s 3.8-liter dual-overhead-cam straight-6 XK engine, the British automaker’s signature performance powerplant through the 1950s and into the ’60s, has been reborn with new engine blocks being produced for the first time in a half century, according to the manufacturer, Jaguar Classic of Warwickshire, U.K.

“Re-created to exact original specifications, the brand-new cast-iron engine block is a direct replacement for the 3.8-litre six-cylinder units originally fitted to the XK150, XK150 S, MkIX, Mk2, MkX, E-type Series 1 and S-type,” Jaguar Classic said in a news release.

The new engine blocks can be stamped with the same serial number of the original Jaguar engine, plus an asterisk showing that it is a replacement, the company said. Alternatively, they can be stamped with unique serial numbers.

The reproduction engine blocks are priced at £14,340 ($17,809) each, including British tax, and come with a minimum 12 months warranty and certificates of authenticity.

Jaguar Classic specializes in restoration, services and parts for classic and older models, and is staffed by “highly-skilled engineers, graduates and apprentices at the Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works facility in Coventry.”

For information, visit the company website.

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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