For today’s entry into our Classic Garage, we’re featuring the Mark 2 by Callum created by Classic Motor Cars out of Shropshire, England.
For anyone needing a refresher course on the Jaguar Mark 2, here’s the official description from the Mark 2’s Wikipedia page:
The Jaguar Mark 2 is a medium-sized saloon car built from late 1959 to 1967 by Jaguar in Coventry, England. Twelve months before the announcement of the XJ6 they were renamed Jaguar 240 and Jaguar 340. The previous Jaguar 2.4 Litre and 3.4 Litre models made between 1955 and 1959 have been identified as Mark 1 Jaguars since Jaguar produced this Mark 2 model.
The Mark 2 by Callum was originally intended to be a one-off project for Jaguar’s Director of Design, Ian Callum. The car was loved by the public so much, Classic Motor Cars decided to do create a limited run of cars for the approximate price of $510,000 plus VAT.
The folks over at Robb Report gave some insight on how Ian Callum approached the design:
In reimagining the appearance of the vehicle, Callum favored a light hand, retaining the essence of the original while adding some modern touches. The car’s chassis has been lowered by just over an inch and four louvers have been added to each side of the vehicle, giving the car an even sportier feel. The Mark 2’s iconic fluted chrome grille, however, remains unchanged. Inside the cockpit, the car features new quilted-leather seats, an Alcantara headliner, a redesigned instrument panel, and Callum’s signature etched into the glove box. A retractable in-car entertainment system offers navigation and multimedia accessibility when desired without radically changing the appearance of the interior.
Here’s a little excerpt from Classic Motor Cars’ official website regarding the changes made to the Mark 2 by Callum:
This exciting 18 month joint project between Ian Callum and Classic Motor Cars has endeavoured to retain the integrity of the original Mark 2, whilst making it even more exciting in shape and performance. Featuring a modified and uprated 4.3 litre XK engine, 5-speed manual gearbox, a unique independent rear suspension and upgraded front brakes, the Mark 2 by Callum possesses an intuitive driving experience.
Whilst maintaining the purity of the car’s form, a number of modern twists were made, with emphasis placed on the simplification and clarity of design. Although the Mark 2 has always been a beautiful car, there were a few elements Ian wanted to change, simplifying the profile to create a beautiful ‘performance’ ambiance.
Admittedly it’s not a car for everyone, but we wouldn’t mind having it in our Classic Garage for the occasional drive around London wearing a 3-piece suit from Burberry with Kate Moss in the passenger seat.
For more information on Classic Motor Cars’ Mark 2 by Callum, you can check out their official site at http://www.classic-motor-cars.co.uk/mark-2-by-callum. You can also check out a full write-up on Robb Report here.