Jaguar's design chief's personal renovation project features many aesthetic and technical modifications
Matt Burt
28 August 2014

A Jaguar Mark 2 redesigned by Jaguar design director Ian Callum has been unveiled after 18 months in development.

The finished car was shown off at the opening of the new headquarters of Shropshire-based restorer Classic Motor Cars (CMC), which was responsible for the reengineering of Callum's Jaguar.

The car was redesigned by Callum for his personal use and boasts many aesthetic and technical modifications. He endeavoured to retain the integrity of the original Mark 2, while making it even more exciting in shape and performance.

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. 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.”

The Mark 2 by Callum features a modified and uprated 4.3-litre XK engine, five-speed manual gearbox, unique independent rear suspension and upgraded front brakes.

Callum said: “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-inch split rim spoke wheels. The bumpers are now part of the overall form. It is a fine balance of extracting and adding.

“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’. Of course they had to work, so they have been designed in a low-pressure area for a better internal airflow from the modified engine.”

The suspension has been designed and reengineered by CMC. The front incorporates a bespoke power assisted rack, uprated coil springs, roll bar and wishbone bushes, adjustable dampers and solid subframe mountings, repositioned to improve anti-dive characteristics.

The unique independent rear suspension now includes uprated coil springs, blade control wishbones, outboard disc brakes, an anti-roll bar and adjustable dampers.

The car has been fitted with a high-end Clarion audio system with recording studio-specification cabling.

Also in attendance at the reveal of the Mark 2 by Callum were Formula One and motorcycle world champion John Surtees and Jaguar's test driver Norman Dewis.

The original Jaguar Mk2 saloon was produced from the late 1950s until the late 1960s, and became well known for its prowess in touring car racing.

The car will make its first public outing at the Salon Prive car show at Syon Park in west London on 3-5 September.  

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28 August 2014
This is the first car that I don't find boring in ages and I find the manual gearbox and so many other details refreshing.

28 August 2014
Mr. Callum 'chastised' Jaguar fans by stating that the brand had to move on and not pander to the 'old guard'.

He did a great job with this. Still don't understand why he didn't follow through with his Concept R. That was so much nicer and faithful to the brand than the XF.

28 August 2014
Jinx59 wrote:

Mr. Callum 'chastised' Jaguar fans by stating that the brand had to move on and not pander to the 'old guard'.

He did a great job with this. Still don't understand why he didn't follow through with his Concept R. That was so much nicer and faithful to the brand than the XF.

The Jaguar R-Coupe was a beautiful looking car and it would have been great to see it make production. However, I for one applaud JLR for forging ahead with its new design direction. You know for a fact that the R-Coupe would have looked great but people would still moan stating that the company was stuck in the past and trying to capture past glories and only catering for a certain demographic, which is all well and good but would hamper you if you wanted to be seen as a major player in the market. I don't think that would be the best business model for future cars and investment. In my opinion, I think the current range are amongst the best looking cars out there

1 September 2014
averageman wrote:
Jinx59 wrote:

Mr. Callum 'chastised' Jaguar fans by stating that the brand had to move on and not pander to the 'old guard'.

He did a great job with this. Still don't understand why he didn't follow through with his Concept R. That was so much nicer and faithful to the brand than the XF.

The Jaguar R-Coupe was a beautiful looking car and it would have been great to see it make production. However, I for one applaud JLR for forging ahead with its new design direction. You know for a fact that the R-Coupe would have looked great but people would still moan stating that the company was stuck in the past and trying to capture past glories and only catering for a certain demographic, which is all well and good but would hamper you if you wanted to be seen as a major player in the market. I don't think that would be the best business model for future cars and investment. In my opinion, I think the current range are amongst the best looking cars out there

That's fine. But no one will convince me that the XF contains any Jaguar design cues.

And when I saw Emeli Sandé in front of that red XE - I mistook it for an Audi.

28 August 2014
err...it's definitely beefier. Just not sure if it suits the air-intake look myself. A whiff of MaxPower.

28 August 2014
Sorry, he has ruined it, why does it need side intakes from a Range Rover, and the bumpers are awful.

29 August 2014
Citytiger wrote:

he has ruined it

+1

28 August 2014
Nice to see a jag with a manual box. Shame its 50 years old. As for the mods, they are not my sort of thing, but its his car.

TS7

29 August 2014
... in a not entirely positive manner.

29 August 2014
The interior and dashboard look absolutely fantastic.

The exterior styling doesn't work for me. The paint is a great colour and looks very well finished in the pics and I don't think the bumpers look bad. The louvres and wheels look totally wrong. Personally I would have looked for another airflow solution for the engine or at least made the louvres smaller. The wheels are too wide, the rear wheel arches look gauche and the rear track is too wide.

I do like the exhaust pipes though.

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