If you are the Director of Design at Jaguar Cars we are sure you can drive anything from a big XJ saloon to the sporty F-Type. Ian Callum has great taste and one of his personal cars for everyday driving is this old custom Mark 2, reengineered by leading restorers Classic Motor Cars Limited.
The whole project took 18 months and the result is jus gorgeous. Callum’s custom Mark 2 is powered by a modified and uprated 4.3-litre engine from XK linked to a 5-speed manual gearbox. There is also a unique independent rear suspension and upgraded front brakes, 17-inch split rim spoke wheels and functional louvers in the fenders, with the car sitting 30mm lower compared to the standard model.
Ian 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 interior is nicely finished with modern touches like Clarion’s NZ502E single DIN multimedia station with a 16cm flip-out touch screen, component loudspeakers in specially-designed housings and plenty of fine red leather.