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Ian Callum’s superb Mark 2 gets limited production run

13 February, 2015

Late last year, Jaguar’s Design Director, Ian Callum, unveiled his own, completed, project car — a stunning resto-modded Mark 2 Jag. Callum designed the car, which was built by Classic Motor Cars (CMC) in Shropshire, England, over an 18-month time period.

The Mark 2 is powered by Jaguar XK’s modified and uprated 4.3-litre engine mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. The car sits on unique, independent rear-suspension, modernized front suspension, power-assisted rack and pinion steering, and uprated front brakes — the whole design was for a practical, reliable, and extremely exciting daily driver.

Functional louvres adorn the Mark 2’s front guards, the bumpers have been redesigned, and the car sits 30mm lower than factory upon beautiful 17-inch split-rim multi-spoke wheels. Inside, the car boasts a modern entertainment system and red-leather interior resembling the very British smoking jacket.

Mere hours after the car’s unveiling, CMC were already fielding enquiries from people across the globe, asking if they too could buy one. Well, the build of the second of these special Mark 2s is underway as part of a limited run of 12 cars.

Nick Goldthorp, managing director of CMC, said, “It is going to be a left-hand-drive car, and the body is nearing completion. We should finish the vehicle by the end of this year.”

Each car will be specifically tailored to the individual buyer, who will finalize the specification with Ian Callum.

“No two cars will be the same, which makes them more unique. It’s all in the small details that can be tailored, including the gearbox, exterior and interior colours,” said Goldthorp.

With the car currently under construction expected to visit the USA next year, we’ll be keeping a close eye out on its progress and bring you more as it happens.

 

The Jowett Jupiter turns 70

John Ball has always enjoyed tinkering with old boats and cars. He’s old enough to think having gearbox parts on newspaper on the floor of his bedroom, while the relevant car sat waiting on nail boxes, was a normal part of growing up. His passion has always tended towards old British bangers. He reckons he’s fortunate not to have got caught up in the American muscle scene.
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A passion for classics and customs

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