“I don’t know what box you put it in and, actually, I don’t care. It is just the car I wanted to do,” says Jaguar design boss Ian Callum of his personal project: a revived and reinvented 1963 Jaguar MkII built in conjunction with classic specialists Classic Motor Cars (CMC) in Shropshire.
The MkII is a car that’s wrinkled a few brows, because, instead of treading the well-worn path of classic restoration, Callum has decided to weave in a few more modern styling touches and a great deal more modern technology. Basically, a high-profile design director birthing a bespoke restomod in his spare time.
“Defining the car is simple,” he says. “It’s how I think a MkII should be. The ‘R’ version. I love the hot-rod culture [Callum also owns a fully-rodded ’32 Ford Hi-Boy Coupe] because it takes potentially exciting and makes it exciting. It’s about seeing that potential. That’s what rodding or customising is about. We do it all the time with things in our life. Or we should!”