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.