Special Mark 2 Created by Jaguar's Design Director Going Into Production [w/Video]
Jaguar Design Director Ian Callum decided to put his own twist on the classic Jaguar Mark 2, but the resulting car was intended to be only his own personal ride, not a production vehicle. Now, due to an overwhelmingly positive response from the public, the car will actually be produced in limited numbers. Callum worked with Classic Motor Cars Limited (CMC) in the UK to take an existing Mark 2 and both restore it and change it to fit Callum's vision of what would make it even better than the original. Some of the changes were cosmetic like modified bumpers, functional louvers that improve airflow, and 17" wire rim wheels. PHOTOS: See More of the 1960 Jaguar Mark II
Other changes were all about performance like the 4.3-liter V8 that you'll also find in the Jaguar XK. It's paired to a 5-speed manual transmission. The suspension has also been retuned and the interior has been given a luxury upgrade and the addition of a modern touchscreen multimedia system.
Once CMC started receiving inquires about the car, they contacted Callum to see if he'd be okay with having his creation produced for the public. Callum's approval means a limited run of this Jaguar Mark 2 will be available.
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The positive response to his design wasn't something that Callum expected, but he's happy that there will be a few more on the road. "I redesigned the car and CMC rebuilt it and reengineered it for my personal use," says Callum. "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.”
Pricing hasn't been announced, but is expected to be somewhere between $570,000 and $613,000.
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