Overwhelming reception to Jaguar design chief's personal project car prompts a modest production run
Matt Burt
4 September 2014

The company responsible for the build of Jaguar design chief Ian Callum's personal Jaguar Mark 2 is producing a limited run of the car priced at between £350,000 and £375,000.

Shropshire-based restorer Classic Motor Cars Limited (CMC) spent 18 months developing the redesigned Mk2 to Callum's specifications for his personal use.

The finished car was shown off at the opening of CMC's new headquarters last month and the enthusiastic reception has encouraged the company to commit to a modest production run.

“The car has attracted interest from all over the world,” said CMC chairman Peter Neumark. “Within hours of the launch we had received calls from people all over the globe asking if they could buy one."

Callum has given his approval to the build: “I redesigned the car and CMC rebuilt it and re-engineered it for my personal use. 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.”

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Buyers will be able to choose their body and interior colours but the rest of the car will mirror the specification of Callum's example, which has a Jaguar XK-sourced 4.3-litre inline six-cylinder engine that produces 256bhp and 280 lb ft of torque.

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8 September 2014
It looks even more like brother Moray's Vignale Lagonda show car than the normal Jag Mk 2 does. No bad thing. Other such Mk 2 updates have added supercharged V8s and so on, so Callum's spec seems understated, apart from the price!

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Our Verdict

Jaguar XK

A smooth, svelte all-rounder of a grand tourer, which can equally cosset and thrill in equal measure when called upon

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