I am in the process of planning out a custom car build. The idea of the build is an “early 60s” Cadillac “concept” for a European style sports car along the lines of a Ferrari 250 GTE/330 GT 2+2, 275 GTS. The car should come in around 3,200 to 3,500 pounds.
I’ve been looking at the BMW M70/M73 and the Jaguar V12. My hopes are for a mild build (around 350hp), in a fairly “sports car” configuration. The engine will be backed by a 5-speed, and the whole thing will sit on a slightly stretched (104" to 108" wheelbase) C2/C3 Corvette frame.
I’m thinking 5.3, but am unsure if I should go HE with early heads, or just a non-HE engine. I’m also looking at ITBs.
I’ll open by simply asking what are your thoughts on the viability of such a Jag V12 build?