When your name is Ian Callum and you are currently Jaguar’s Director of Design, then you have to own a custom car. As expected, Callum owns a Jaguar, but no ordinary car, that’s for sure. In fact, his car – a Jaguar Mark 2 – is unique and was reengineered by Classic Motor Cars Limited (CMC).
Unveiled at the company’s new headquarters located in Bridgnorth, Shropshire, the project took 18 months and the result is absolutely impressive.
The first visual impact with the vehicle reveals the fact that the vehicle was lowered and according to the press release it is now 30 mm closer to the ground and sits on 17-inch split-rim spoke wheels. Moreover, the Jaguar Mark 2 features a unique independent rear suspension that includes uprated coil springs, blade control wishbones, outboard disc brakes and an anti-roll bar.
The front comes with a bespoke power assisted rack, uprated coil springs, a roll bar, wishbone bushes, adjustable dampers and solid subframe mountings. Under the long hood, there is an uprated 4.3-liter XK engine, bolted to a 5-speed manual transmission.
The interior was overhauled too and arrives with a new Clarion NZ502E single DIN multimedia station and cabling provided by VCD Trading.
Ian Callum said: “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.” [source: Jaguar]