A Little Bit of History Repeating

The Mark 2 by Callum goes into limited production in Shropshire

Roy James would be impressed.

The former rising star of British motor racing knew his way around fast Jags, and had a penchant for modified S-type Mark II’s. His fame and fortune never came from racing them, though. On the 8th August 1963 he, along with a few acquaintances, stopped the Royal Mail train from Glasgow to London, and made off with £2.6million. Although his favoured Mark II wasn’t used in The Great Train Robbery, it is said he preferred them because, with some inside help, he could have them modified to Jaguar’s own British Touring Car Championship standards, making it possible to outrun the police. But James never lived to see the ultimate modified Mark II.

Designed by Jaguar’s design director, Ian Callum, and built by Classic Motor Cars Ltd (CMC) in Shropshire, the “Mark 2 by Callum” was, originally, a one-off personal indulgence by the award-winning car designer. Such has been the reception around the world that a series of 12 customer cars will be built by CMC. Each one will be individually designed by the customer in consultation with Callum.

Building these cars will not be a rushed affair. Announcing that the second “Mark 2 by Callum” is now in production, Nick Goldthorp, MD of CMC, said, “It is going to be a left hand drive car, and the body is nearing completion. We should finish this vehicle by the end of this year.” The modifications that have gone into Ian Callum’s own car, include a tweaked 4.3 litre XK engine, a 5-speed manual gearbox, a bespoke independent rear-suspension and upgraded front brakes.

Aside from leading the renaissance of one of the most famous car brands in the world, Ian Callum is an experienced hot-rod builder. He keeps his unique 1932 Ford Hi-Boy Coupe along side a 1956 Chevrolet Bel-Air and a 1990 Mini Cooper S. He has even described HotRodHotline.com as one of his favourite websites.

Speaking at the unveiling of his own car in 2014, Ian Callum said, “Although the Mark 2 has always been a beautiful car, it could be even more exciting in shape and performance.” By turning his attention to the Mark II Jaguar, he has created a unique car that would be the envy of the most notorious getaway drivers of the 1960’s.

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