Commenting on the build so far Ian Callum said: “This car is a very personal statement of my thoughts on the MK2. I have retained the integrity of the car, a shape I have admired for so long, but there will be a number of visual modifications.”
The car which is being built by Classic Motor Cars (CMC) in Bridgnorth, United Kingdom, is being put together by a hand picked team of specialists and is due to be finished in six months time.
“This is a project that we are not rushing,” said Nick Goldthorp, Managing Director of CMC, ”There has been a very specific design brief from Ian, and we are following that in great detail. Clearly we have to interpret the design changes to the car in minute detail, otherwise the changes that Ian is making will not work.”
The car is still under wraps but Callum has revealed that the front wings of the car will include louvers, both from an aesthetic point of view and to allow better internal airflow from the modified engine.
He added: “I didn’t want to detract from the original MK2 but just imagine what an R version might have been like. I will also be creating some modern twists to complete the purity of the form.”
“I wanted to express the car in its most simplest state, something that often happened to racing E-Types but seldom to the Mk2. The car was always adorned with lots of chrome. I want to create the car to a purer profile and detail. That is what this project is all about."
Callum admitted that getting the balance right had been a challenge as to what should stay and what should be omitted from the original.
He added: “I have sketched out in great detail each subtle design change, and then worked with digital medium on my computer to resolve the finished surfaces."
Callum said: “I am not sure what people will think of the out come. I am not sure myself yet, but as a designer I must try new ideas, even on a traditional car as this. I will leave it for others to judge when the car is complete."
Founded in 1993, Classic Motor Cars of Bridgnorth provides a Jaguar restoration service to the highest possible standard. It is recognised as one of the worlds leading restorers of classic Jaguars and is responsible for restoring some of the most historic Jaguars ever built.
Staffed by a highly experienced team of engineers and technicians based at its Bridgnorth, Shropshire, workshops which currently cover over 35,000 sq ft CMC is able to provide an international clientele with a range of services from a simple oil change, performance and handling upgrades to full restorations and even bespoke car design and manufacture.
For more information please visit www.classic-motor-cars.co.uk