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Old body, new soul- Jaguar Mark2 by Ian Callum

Snapshot: Ian Callum along with Classic Motor Cars Limited has produced a stunning looking Jaguar Mark 2.

For all those who don't know Ian Callum, he is the man behind the design of iconic cars like Atom Martin DB3, DB7 and DB9. He is also the Design Director at the Jaguar and the designer of stunning Jaguar F-Type. Callum along with Classic Motor Cars Limited worked on something called 'resto-modding' for 18 long months and the result produced a stunning looking Jaguar Mark 2.

The term "resto-modding" is a process of stripping down a classic car with unwanted mechanical parts and then fitting it with 21 century gadgets. The same has been done with the Jaguar Mark 2 of the 1960's and made into something of sheer brilliance which will be produced in limited numbers only with a price tag between £350,000 to £375,000.

According to Callum, he wasn't sure if the Jaguar Mark 2 would be able to leave a mark. He said "I wasn’t sure how it would be received, but I have been both astounded and delighted with the response. I am pleased that a few more cars are going to be built." Speaking of the design of the car, he 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. Simplification and clarity were my objective."

Jaguar Mark 2 will have an updated and modified 4.3-litre V8 engine from the Jaguar XK, mated to a five-speed manual gearbox sending power to the rear wheels. Callum has also made changes in the suspension system and the car now sits 30mm lower than the original, and as Callum said "the stance of the Mark 2 is already excellent, I wished to make it even better".



But the major changes are on the inside of the car. The Mark2 will now get a Clarion single DIN multimedia station with a 16cm flip out touch screen with new component speakers. The seats are re-done with new red leather wrapping. Aesthetically speaking, the red color compliments the wood finish on the dashboard.

Also read about the Jaguarc-X75, here.

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