Jaguar designer aims to improve on Mk2 perfection


Ian Callum – who is Jaguar’s director of design – plans to build his perfect car using a Mk2 as a base.

Working with Classic Motor Cars of Bridgenorth, Callum will make fundamental engineering changes to the car while also altering the looks.

He said: “To me, the MK2 is one of the best-looking saloons ever created but, as a designer, naturally I want to change a number of details. For that reason, the car that CMC has chosen as donor car will be modified in many areas – both aesthetically and technically.”

“The stance of the MK2 is already excellent, but I wish to make it even better, the first thing to sort out. The next job is simplifying the car in many areas of exterior trim. I need to be very judgmental and work out what in my mind is superfluous and what’s not.The interior will go through a number of subtle changes as well."

Regular updates on the build will be posted on the company’s website.



Chris Martin

Oh, this will be good!
I reckon C&SC should follow progress on this in the mag'.
Although only twelve people look in on the forum I reckon the entire readership will want to see this.
I had the pleasure of first meeting Ian Callum while we were both at Tom Walkinshaw's Leafield base, then again when I was at Jaguar Racing he came over to have some input I think in the general appearance rather than any technical influence.
A nice bloke, but also a genuine car nut. He has rejuvenated Jaguar in recent years giving them back a bit of the old pride, but he also knows their heritage and if anyone can make an updated MkII, it will be him.
Bring it on!
Chris M.



This sounds a potentially great project & as am admirer of his work I really look forward to watching the progress. Will it be a modernisation of a Mark II in the style of a 340 or Vicarage or a really new look around familiar elements?

David Hughes


I wonder if it will look  anything like Geoff Lawson's S-Type? The 4 litre of course.


What a great project - can't wait to see what he comes up with. Very encouraging to hear him say he wants to simplify the exterior. In my opinion 99% of cars are spoiled by too much irrelevant ornamentation. Real beauty lies in simplicity - like the original Porsche 911, Lancia Aurelia or an Alfa Giulietta 750 Series. I am currently restoring a Lancia Flaminia GT, already a beautifully restrained design, but I am incorporating a number of very subtle exterior tweaks that only an anorak would notice but which I hope will transform the car. Singer have successfully pulled off the same trick with the Porsche 911, improving on what is already an outstanding design. I agree with Chris Martin that you should follow this in the mag.


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