Another one from Tim Dannels, who never ceases to challenge us! The tag attached to this engine says that it is a “Romanian Jaguar”. Despite this, Tim can’t find it in his Romanian files. However, it certainly does look like a Jaguar clone, albeit with a few changes. The cooling jacket has a different profile and lacks the nice dark blue coloration with compression setting numbers and the Jaguar name on top. The spinner too lacks the standard coloration. The needle valve looks to me like an O.S. item.
The case certainly matches all the bumps and bulges of the German engine – even the cooling jacket doesn’t stray too far from that of the Jaguar. So the question becomes – could this be an earlier or later Jaguar dating from a period when economics forced the abandonment of the fancy dark blue coloration and printing? Or did they follow the lead of others by making engines for other people to sell? Yet again, is this simply a genuine Jaguar to which someone has fitted a replacement home-made cooling jacket and spinner to replace damaged originals?
And finally of course, could it indeed be a Jaguar clone made in Eastern Europe? Any ideas out there? If so, don’t be shy about speaking up!!