Ian Callum’s Restomod Jaguar Mark 2 to Enter Production, But You Probably Can’t Afford It

“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.

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  • bonzomatic

    I agree that the touchscreen looks out of place, but I think it’s because of the awkward leather covered box that they put it in. Everything else inside and out is beautiful, and then they added that little afterthought. They should have made the effort to make some sort of box made of the the same material as the dash.

  • Overly Done

    Just appears way too hot-rodded for my taste and defeats the understated elegance the stock model always portrayed.

  • psiqtas

    It looks great, so probably worth that money, that any other overpriced but so boring luxury limos, although I would chang 2 things: these edgy center console and awful bumpers, to more appropriate shape, more classic-styled…

  • emjayay

    Doesn’t some Australian company put together MkII’s with XJ underpinnings but still looking just like a MkII? That would be much better. I don’t remember if it used a modern airbagged steering wheel, but while I’m zooming along I would kind of like at least a bag or two around, if not modern crash structures also. And wood. Lots and lots of wood.

    • emjayay

      The underappreciated Mark X is the woodsiest though.

  • HenryTheDog

    Yeah nice, but the CLS Merc Wagon at 1:12 really caught my eye.

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