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.


Travelling companion

It’s easy to see why the Morris Minor Traveller was one of the best-loved variants of the Morris Minor. Introduced in 1953, it was equipped with the same independent torsion bar front suspension, drum brakes, and rack and pinion steering as its saloon sibling but, with their foldable rear seat increasing versatility, many Travellers were used as trade vehicles, says Derek Goddard. Derek and Gail Goddard, the owners of this superbly restored example, have run Morris Minors since before they were married in 1974.
“Our honeymoon vehicle was a blue Morris Minor van — it was a rust bucket,” says Derek.

Super Leicht Gullwing

It’s fair to say that nothing much in the classic Mercedes world gets past Mercedes-Benz Club stalwart Garry Boyce so it wasn’t surprising to learn that around 15 years ago he had sniffed out an extremely rare 300SL lightweight Gullwing as well as a 1958 300SL Roadster hiding away in the Waikato. The cars were not for sale but Garry eventually managed to persuade the owner to allow him and his restoration team to take a look at the Roadster. They discovered a very distressed but largely unmolested car. The car was so original that the body had never been off the chassis, meaning most of the parts and fittings were still present and correct, as they had been fitted by the factory.