A production version of a redesigned Jaguar Mark 2 will go on sale. The car, tweaked by Jaguar’s head designer Ian Callum for his own personal use, will be priced between £350,000 and £375,000.
The redesigned Mark 2 is the result of an 18-month collaboration between Ian Callum and restorer Classic Motor Cars Limited. It was originally designed as a one-off, personal runabout for Callum, but was so well received it will now go into limited production.
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.”
We think he’s succeeded. The redesigned Mark 2 retains everything that made the original so beautiful, notably the quad headlamps, the enormouse glasshouse and the swooping rear, yet benefits from a host of new touches that complement the classic design.
The front bumper has been brought up to date, ditching the chrome in favour of a body-coloured finish, vents have been added behind the front and rear wheels, and the rear benefits from a body-coloured bumper and centrally-mounted twin exhaust outlets.
The car rides 30mm lower than the original, on 17-inch split rim wheels, giving it a more aggressive stance. Under that considerable bonnet lies a modified 4.3-litre V8 from a heritage XK, sending power to the rear wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox.
The entire suspension system has been overhauled by CMC. The front gains a custom power steering rack, as well as an uprated roll bar, wishbone bushes and coil springs, with adjustable dampers and solid subframe mountings. At the rear, CMC’s chucked in coil springs, blade control wishbones, anti-roll bar and adjustable dampers.
Want one? You’ll have to get in what is likely to be a very long line. Check out the pics in the gallery – it’s about as close as most of us will get.