You might look at this next feature and say “oh great, another classic Jaguar ruined by some butcher’s knife and a small block Chevy” — and I might agree. However, if you take a look at this next feature, it might just have enough polish to be worth a second look. Find this 1984 Jaguar XJ6 V8 Swap with CA smog legal Corvette V8 here on eBay currently bidding for $5,000 reserve-not-met, located in Fresno, CA.
The Jaguar XJ6 was offered in Europe with a
wide range of lesser (smaller displacement) engines, the US version was
given the the venerable 4.2 litre inline-6, an engine that is not
without its charm…but…is frequently tossed aside for something from Detroit.
Under the hood is a 5.7 liter V8 from a 1991 Chevrolet Corvette that has been through the rigorous procedure to make the swap legal for street use in California. That brings a lot of value on the west coast, but it also informs sellers from other regions that everything is in place — this is no ordinary hack job with dangling wires…oops…wait…the wiring is ugly.
As with most XJ6-to-V8 swaps, the seller is using an automatic transmission, probably because the stock slushbox in the XJ6 is a GM unit that will bolt right up to the small block.
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