Last week Classic Motor Cars (CMC) took the covers off a restored and modified Jaguar Mark 2 that it had produced in collaboration with Jaguar's current design director, Ian Callum. The car proved to be a hit with internet denizens and the company fielded enough serious enquiries to transform the car from being a one-off into a limited production model.
Compared with a regular Mark 2, Callum's restoration features 17-inch alloy wheels housed within wider front wings that incorporate louvres to help hot air escape the engine bay, as well as flared rear wheel arches.
Other changes include front quarter light windows that have been fixed in place, reworked door handles, wing mirrors that are mounted on the doors, and the removal of the chrome strips that run down the car's character line.
The front and rear bumpers have been dechromed and completely reworked, and now sit almost flush with the rest of the body. Protruding out the back are two centrally mounted exhausts.
Under the bonnet, Callum's Mark 2 features a modified 4.3-litre XK straight-six engine fed by twin 2.0-inch carburettors with ram air induction; all up there's 190kW of power and 380Nm of torque on tap.
Power goes to the rear wheels via a five-speed manual transmission, and the car rides on redesigned independent front and rear suspension systems.
The interior didn't escape Callum's attention and has been extensively reworked. There's seemingly acres of red Scottish leather covering the seats, door trims and centre tunnel, while the headlining is now crafted from alcantara. The seats have been upgraded and look significantly grippier than the original pews.
Crafted from dark oak, the dashboard succeeds at being both modern and retro at the same time. Purists will shudder, though, at the modern Clarion sound system, which features a 6.3-inch flip-out touchscreen. The system features Bluetooth phone connectivity, DVD playback, sat nav and a reversing camera.
Anyone craving an Ian Callum-style Jaguar Mark 2 restoration will need to have between 350,000 and 375,000 pounds ($610,000 and $655,000) in spare change.