Jaguar E-Types were a beautiful car, sleek lines, long bonnet, good looks from every angle. The engine in the Series one and Series two was an overhead cam straight six that looked very British and sounded very nice, as did the V12 in the Series three, but sometimes they missed the mark on the reliability scale and the V12s had a rather nasty habit of overheating. Well, over here in the States, those issues can be solved quite easily. We have a reputation for swapping engines in these tweed jacketed British cars, a gentleman by the name of Shelby comes to mind, something to do with the old AC Ace, but in the case of Jaguars, a small block Ford serves exactly the same purpose.
This 1969 Jaguar E-Type has been re-powered with a Ford 289 which slips into the engine bay like it was supposed to be there and it’s backed up with a 3 speed automatic. Jaguar purists will look down their noses and sniff about sinful degradation or some such nonsense, but, as a previous E-Type owner, I can see the advantages of doing this. The swap appears to be very well done.
The original 4.2 liter engine was replaced with a completely rebuilt Ford 289 engine, custom headers and exhaust system, MSD fuel injection, vintage Air, custom dash, epic wheels, and much more. Original Jaguar body, subframe, torsion bar suspension, and rear end are intact and unmolested.
So, if you really want to put a Jaguar six back in there you could, but after enjoying the rumble, reliability and performance of the Ford V8, why would you? This Jaguar looks like a fun driver that will get a lot of attention and then get you back home. I notice in the photos the windshield wipers appear to be missing, perhaps the owner never drove in the rain and anyone contemplating making a bid could ask about them, though correcting that would be trivial. It’s for sale on eBay so check it out.