Coulda Had A… Oh Wait – 1972 Jaguar XJ6 V8

The Jaguar XJ6 is a classic shape, but what if you’re worried about the reliability and performance of the mostly-bullet-proof XJ engine, which by 1972 had become somewhat strangled by smog regulations? Or, what if you want engine parts availability at any old auto parts store counter? Many people performed V8 conversions just because of those reasons, and while most converted cars are relatively expensive, the odd deal is out there to be found. Check out this 1972 Jaguar XJ6 V8 for sale for $2500 in Portland, OR.

1972 Jaguar XJ6 right rear

The light blue metallic color suits the car well, but there’s something about the paint job… perhaps it’s the quality of the photos, or the lighting, or light oxidation. There also seems to be some unevenness in the paint from the front panels to the rear panels, breaking evenly at the door, but again, it could be lighting. The car does look straight and complete from the outside.

1972 Jaguar XJ6 left front

Something about this car also says long-term storage. No license plate, and what looks like a period correct 1972 tire on the right rear, say the car has not been driven recently. On the upside, the interior is said to be redone, though without any pictures this could be in cheap velour or top-shelf leather. Taking that into consideration, how often do you see a running series one XJ6, even if it does have a V8?

1972 Jaguar XJ6 engine

The 350 Chevy swap is a popular conversion. Some cleaning up and attention to detail would be appropriate for an upmarket car like this, even if it’s a “lowly” Chevy – take some inspiration from the original Jaguar mill. Find some nice, understated aluminum valve covers, paint the block in the correct Jaguar green, and even the purists will chuckle when they see you understand the history but also have a sense of humor. British body, American engine – that’s been a successful combination elsewhere, so why not here?

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One Response to “Coulda Had A… Oh Wait – 1972 Jaguar XJ6 V8”

  1. steve in podunk Says:

    I knew a guy who had one of these with a V8; he was a doosh.

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