The story of the first Jaguar V12 is an interesting one, the project initially started in 1954 with a view to using the powerplant in a Le Mans endurance racer, but it was mothballed before being restarted in the mid-60s by a team headed by Walter Hassan.

In this film, Walter Hassan and Harry Mundy spent just under 20 minutes explaining the 60° SOHC V12’s design. It’s a fascinating look into the thought process and the internal workings of the engine, and although the film ends a little abruptly it’s well-worth watching.

Ben Branch Profile Picture Silodrome - The Development of the Jaguar V12 Engine
Founder & Senior Editor Silodrome

Ben Branch has had his work featured on CNN, Popular Mechanics, the official Smithsonian Magazine, Road & Track Magazine, the official Pinterest blog, the official eBay Motors blog, BuzzFeed, and many more.

Silodrome was founded by Ben back in 2010, in the years since the site has grown to become a world leader in the alternative and vintage motoring sector, with millions of readers around the world and hundreds of thousands of followers on social media.

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