Jaguar designer reimagines classic Jaguar Mark II

Ian Callum and his Jaguar Mk2
Classic Motors Cars Ltd

With buyers paying ever larger sums for classics, old cars are definitely the new thing. Not everyone wants to have to put up with period brakes, soggy suspension and crusty AM radios though; and celebrated Jaguar designer Ian Callum has given one classic Jaguar Mark II a new lease of life, with a hearty dose of 21st century kit.

Callum, Jaguar's director of design, has worked with leading car restorers, Classic Motor Cars Limited (CMC) to re-engineer a classic Jaguar Mark II and give it his own unique personal stamp – to make this gorgeous creation.

Unveiled at the opening of CMC's new Shropshire HQ, this new model was revealed by legendary Jaguar test driver, Norman Dewis. This redesigned Mark II took 18 months of hard work to create, with Callum setting it up for his own use. Both Callum and CMC wanted to maintain the feel of the original car, but to give the car enhanced looks and on road performance.

Commenting on the car, Callum said: "This is a very personal statement. A long held notion that, although the Mark II has always been a beautiful car, it could be even more exciting.

"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."

Despite the car's traditional look it has received a modified 4.3-litre Jaguar XK engine, a five-speed manual gearbox, independent rear suspension and upgraded front brakes to help deal with the new-found power.

Talking about the car's specifications, Callum added: "The stance of the Mark 2 is already excellent, but I wished to make it even better. The car's form is now 30mm lower and sits on 17" split rim spoke wheels. The bumpers are now part of the overall form. It is a fine balance of extracting and adding."

With the best of both new and old, we wonder whether Jaguar can be bullied into producing some more of these new Mark IIs, along with their million pound new E-Types. Here's hoping.

Ian Callum's Mk2 Jaguar

Ian Callum's Mk2 Jaguar