This is a brand new old Jaguar

Meet the ‘Mark 2’, a classic reimagined by Jaguar’s design director Ian Callum

Today, Jaguar's design director Ian Callum and restorer Classic Motor Cars Limited have revealed the fruit of an 18-month long collaboration on a new car.

It's a restored Jaguar Mark 2, redesigned by Ian Callum for his own personal use and announced at the unveiling of CMC's new premises in Shropshire. The building itself was officially opened by none other than 1964 F1 world champion John Surtees OBE. It's a Jaguar that Callum has wanted to update for a very long time, and takes in a modified and uprated 4.3-litre V8 from the Jaguar XK, mated to a five-speed manual gearbox driving the rear wheels. It sits 30mm lower on 17in split rim spoke wheels, because, as Ian notes, though "the stance of the Mark 2 is already excellent, I wished to make it even better".

In fact, the entire suspension setup has been reengineered by CMC. The front gets a bespoke power assisted rack, uprated coil springs, roll bar and wishbone bushes, with adjustable dampers and solid subframe mountings (repositioned to improve anti-dive characteristics). The rear? That gets coil springs, blade control wishbones, outboard disc brakes, and anti-roll bar and adjustable dampers too. The outside gets a new set of bumpers that are now "part of the overall form", together with louvres on the side of the car, designed in a low-pressure area for better airflow for that V8.

You'll see from the pictures that the interior has been reworked too, and features a Clarion single DIN multimedia station with a 16cm flip-out touch-screen, together with component loudspeakers.

"This is a very personal statement," explains Callum, "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.

"Simplification and clarity was my objective," he added.

Author: TopGear
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