Since the mid ‘00s Ian Callum has been successful in styling of Jaguars, with innovative new designs approaches but keeping in line with its illustrious automotive history. Fast forward to 2014 the reward on the table was a chance to tailor make any Jaguar model he desired. And so he did. Meet the Jaguar Mark 2.
The limited edition customised Jaguar Mark 2 Restomod draws inspiration from Jaguar’s illustrious history. Tailor-made by the designer himself, Ian Callum and built by Classic Motor Cars, the Jag is fitted with a 4.3-liter engine six-cylinder fitted with two SU carbs ; pilfered and modified to pair seamlessly with its powerful 5 speed manual transmission. The suspensions have also been modified resulting with a ride that sits 1.18 inches closer to the ground and powered with a new power steering system. Although prices are quoted to range from £350,000 and £375,000 ($572,000 – $613,000), the limited edition bespoke Mark 2 has created growing global interest.
“Within hours we had received calls from people all over the globe asking if they could buy one,” said Peter Neumark, Chairman of CMC in the latest announcement. The reaction came as a surprise to Callum, who said he designed the car entirely to his own specifications and actually wasn’t sure if people would like it.
Furthermore, among the many changes implemented in this model are new bumpers, wider front fenders with functional louvers and less chrome trim. The performance has been exceptional, with a completely re-engineered independent rear suspension, adjustable dampers at all four corners, improved brakes and a new rack and pinion steering system designed by CMC with electric assist.
Callum had this to say about his latest endeavour, ”This is a very personal statement. A long held notion that, although the Mark 2 has always been a beautiful car, it could be even more exciting in shape and performance. Whilst maintaining the purity of the car’s form, I wanted to add a number of modern twists to the design. Simplification and clarity was my objective.”
New buyers are welcome to choose their own colours, but Callum’s mix of a pewter exterior and crimson interior seems to fit this updated, vintage sedan perfectly.