Friday, October 23, 2015

Seller Submission: 1997 Jaguar XK8 LS1 Swap

The X100 generation Jaguar XK8 was released in 1996 on a platform shared with the Aston Martin DB7.  It was a much more modern looking car than the XJS is replaced and looks dead gorgeous in drop top spec if you ask me. What could make it better?  An engine that is more powerful, more reliable, and cheaper to maintain mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox?  Find this 1997 Jaguar XK8 LS1 T56 here on eBay offered for $14,000 buy-it-now or make-offer located in Akron, OH. Seller submission from Zhong.

This XK8 started life as a simple drop top with a 290 horsepower 4.0 liter V8 mated to a 5-speed autobox, but is now powered by a monster 5.7L V8, 6-speed manual, wears 20 inch forged 3-piece wheels, an '06 XKR body kit, air bag suspension, 660 watt stereo -- and countless custom fabricated parts to make it work together.

Under the hood is an LS1 borrowed from a 2002 Camaro that has been upgraded with a high lift camshaft, and custom headers.  It should be good for a few more ponies than the original 325 horsepower factory spec, and it should be a blast when combined with the 6-speed T56 gearbox. 

See a better late model Jag for cruising?


  1. If it was a coupe and no NOPI mods it would be perfect.

  2. That is a nice looking car and should be great with the 6 speed and the extra 100 horsepower. Want....

  3. You can call me "the Banana Spoke". I am pretty fairly kind of certain the DB7 still used the older XJS platform. Believe me, you just read it on the internet. The Banana Spoke

  4. Yes, yes,yes! Oh man this is sweet. What a blast this must be to drive and likely easy to own as well.

  5. I love old Jags with LS swaps but I'm not sure about this one. the 1990s Jaguar I6s are a lot better than the older ones, and the V8s, except for the Nikasil issues that affected the early units, are pretty reliable too.

    so... I'm not sure whether I like this swap or not. anyway, the engine job and the other upgrades look very clean and well performed. I'd just fit this XK8 with smaller wheels and enjoy it.

  6. I really like it, especially at this price point.
    If it was a "fixed head coupe" (did I say that right?) I would probably be draining my account while ordering flowers and chocolates for the wife.
    To me the coupe really has the sexy lines while the convertible says real estate agent. But that is just me.
    You can now truly make the case that you have improved the Jaguar performance while making the maintenance affordable.
    Good luck with the sale, someone will really enjoy this.

  7. I like it better with the new price drop 12.9 !

  8. Needs more roof metal. Love those wheels but maybe a size smaller. Could this car have been affected with the nikasil issue?

  9. Needs more roof metal. Love those wheels but maybe a size smaller. Could this car have been affected with the nikasil issue?

    1. More roof metal, eh? How about a LOT more? And 2 more doors?
      1998 Jaaaaaaaaag XJ8 w/LS1

  10. Down to 8500!!

  11. I'm giving it away for 8500 before winter hits.


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