Classics Jaguar resurrects the 3.8-liter XK6 engine block
Jaguar Reproduces Vintage 3.8L Engine Block
Rebuilding a classic Jaguar just got much easier. Reproduction classic car parts from automakers has gotten to be a big business in recent years, and Jaguar Classic has gotten in on the action with everything from continuation cars to tool kit rolls. The latest added to this list is reproduction blocks for Jaguar's vintage 3.8-liter XK inline-six engine that was used on a number of iconic Jaguars from the '50s and '60s. These engines are manufactured to Jaguar's authentic specifications to be a perfect replacement for a classic Jag, and each engine is tested and approved by Jaguar Classic engineers.
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More than 50 years since it ceased production Jaguar is remanufacturing the cast iron block for its 3.8-liter XK6 engine.
The iconic straight-six lump is recast byfacility in Coventry to the exact original specification and, as a genuine OEM part, comes with a 12-month warranty.
First introduced in the, the 3.8 XK6’s iron block was mated to an aluminum cylinder head with dual overhead camshafts and twin SU carburettors. In standard form it produced 220 hp, but the straight port head and triple carbs on the XK150 would free up a further 45 hp. It’s in that guise that the 3.8 powered the Series 1 XKE E-Type.
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Over the next decade the 3.8 would power another five Jaguar models, before being discontinued. It was a hugely characterful engine, but not without its flaws. Chief among them was the fact that the cylinder block was fitted with liners. Behind these liners were cooling grooves which tended to get blocked with rust over time. That often led to overheating, piston seizure and a cracked cylinder block. So you can see why Jaguar has pulled out the old blueprints and starting making them again.
The new block can be fitted to the Jaguar XK150, XK150s, Mark 2, E-Type, Mark 10 and S-Type and costs around $18,000 plus shipping.
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