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Jaguar designer creates personal car

Mon, 01 Sep 2014

JAGUAR'S Director of Design Ian Callum has created a one-off car as his perfect idea of a Jaguar saloon car. The redesigned Mk2 is a classic saloon from the 1960s and has been restyled by Callum as part of an 18-month project to build his perfect car.

Built by British restoration firm Classic Motor Cars, the Callum Mk2 retains the flowing lines of the original but they have been smoothed off. Callum has also added louvre vents to help with cooling the engine and to add some classic race car appeal.

He said: ‘The stance of the Mark 2 is already excellent, but I wished to make it even better. The car's form is now 30mm lower and sits on 17-inch split rim spoke wheels. The bumpers are now part of the overall form. It is a fine balance of extracting and adding.’

Modified suspension gives the car the handling and ride comfort expected of a modern Jaguar. Under the bonnet,

Callum has retained the original engine but it has been uprated to 4.2-litre to deliver much stronger performance.

Inside, the car has red leather upholstery and a thoroughly modern stereo system that includes a flip-out touchscreen to operate it.

By Press Association reporters