“Why do the things we love have to cost so much?” is the question you’ll be asking yourself upon learning that the Ian Callum-redesigned Jaguar Mark 2 will be produced. That’s because the restomod Jaguar MkII will cost between £350,000 and £375,000 or $575,200 to $616,300 / €441,700 to €473,300.
While Jaguar design boss Ian Callum originally created the MkII for himself with the help of leading restorers Classic Motor Cars Limited (CMC), the extremely positive response to the car led the British company to the decision to build a limited edition run of cars.
Callum’s MkII was recently revealed at the opening of CMC’s new headquarters in Shropshire.
“In my remarks at the launch of the car I said that we would love to build more, but little did I think the response would be so great,” said Peter Neumark, Chairman of CM. “Within hours we had received calls from people all over the globe asking if they could buy one. We asked Ian Callum if we could produce a limited run and he has said ‘yes.’”
Callum said: “I redesigned the car and CMC rebuilt it and reengineered 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.”
Developed and built over a period of 18 months, the Mark 2 by Callum incorporates many modern touches without ruining the character and essence of the original car that was produced from the late 1950s through the late 1960s.
It has modified and upgraded 4.3-liter V8 XK-sourced engine paired to a five-speed manual gearbox and rides 30mm lower on 17-inch split alloy wheels with a fettled independent rear suspension. Callum redesigned the bumper sections on both ends and added massive vertical louvres down each front wing.
Cosmetic alterations were made inside as well, with red leather seats and panels. We must say that, the Clarion multimedia ICE with a 16cm flip-out touchscreen does look out of place here.