Jaguar design boss Ian Callum, responsible for the brand’s styling revolution that began in the mid 2000s, has revealed his own take on a much older Jag.
Famous for asserting that Jaguars “should be perceived as cool cars”, Callum partnered with the UK’s Classic Motor Cars to restore and re-style a unique example of the iconic Mark 2 saloon.
The result of 18 months in design and development, Callum’s bespoke Mark 2 blends retro-inspired modern tweaks with the classic lines of the original car.
As his own personal project, Callum’s Mark 2 is has been developed to his own tastes, driven by a desire to maintain the historic image of the original look with his own unique flavour.
Callum makes no secret of his belief that his redesign is an improvement on the original.
“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,” Callum said.
“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.”
Among the changes to Callum’s Mark 2 are unique bumpers with bold chrome-trimmed ports, door-mounted mirrors and lightly flared rear guards, along with tall (and functioning) fender louvres.
“I have always loved traditional louvres as seen on many older racing cars. Four louvres appear on the side of the car to add to that sense of power and ‘something different,” Callum says.
The interior, again mostly loyal to the original design, gains new materials and surfaces finishes, new gauges and switch gear, a custom centre console and a meaty new steering wheel.
The whole package sits 30mm lower, riding on wide 17-inch wire-spoked wheels.
“The stance of the Mark 2 is already excellent, but I wished to make it even better,” he adds.
Power in the ‘new’ Mark 2 is provided by a Jaguar XK-sourced 4.3 litre straight six, but, while modified, its figures have not been revealed.
Power goes to the rear wheels through a five-speed manual transmission.
"It may not be to everyone's tastes but, at the end of the day, it's my car," Callum concludes.
The refurbished Mark 2’s debut marks the opening of Classic Motor Cars’ new shop in Shropshire, England.