The first car I enjoyed was a brand new 1988 Jaguar XJ-6, British Racing Green, I might have been only 4 at the time but I told the guy I would own one someday.
...but as I've gotten to know that era for Jaguar, I reconize two things: 1) They're prone to electric problems and 2) they're prone to engine problems.
So when I read that some people have swapped smallblock Chevy engines into their Jaguars it makes me wonder, is it worth it?
Take this 1985 Jaguar XJS HE Coupe that's for sale in my area:
It's solid except for the engine, but apart from that it's going for $700.
Now if I bought this, swapped out the engine for a Chevy LSx engine, I might be looking at a healthy 400-450hp Jaguar that would set me back $5-6K (or less).
So I guess it comes back to my question of is it worth it to do such a thing?