CMC to produce limited run of Mark 2 by Callum

(September 5, 2014) LONDON — Following the amazing response from car enthusiasts around the world after the launch of the Jaguar Mark 2 by Callum, Classic Motor Cars Limited (CMC) has announced it will be producing a limited edition run of cars.

The car, officially unveiled at the Salon Prive in London on Aug. 27, was meant to be a one-off designed by Jaguar's head of design Ian Callum for his personal use and built by British firm Classic Motor Cars Limited (CMC) over a period of 18 months.

However, due to what CMC describes as an "amazing response," the Mark 2 by Callum will be going into very limited production.

“The car was only unveiled to the public just over a week ago but has attracted interest from all over the world,” said Peter Neumark, chairman of CMC. “In my remarks at the launch of the car I said that we would love to build more, but little did I think the response would be so great. Within hours we had received calls from people all over the globe asking if they could buy one. We asked Ian Callum if we could produce a limited run and he has said ‘yes.’”

Callum said: “I redesigned the car and CMC rebuilt it and reengineered it for my personal use. I wasn’t sure how it would be received but I have been both astounded and delighted with the response. I am pleased that a few more cars are going to be built.”

From the outside the car does look almost original, the only noticeable stylistic changes are integrated front and rear bumpers, louvres behind the front wheels and a slightly lower ride height.

However, under the hood is a 4.3-liter V8 mated to a five-speed manual gearbox and the car sits on a specially developed independent suspension system so that it can make the most of the extra power and acceleration.

"The wide-ranging list of modifications in the Mark 2 shows just how much design and engineering development has gone into this venture from the original car. To be chosen by Ian Callum to work with him on his project is a testament to the skills and passion that exist within our business, and is something that CMC are immensely proud of," said Neumark when the car was unveiled.

The cars will cost between £350,000 ($570,500) and £375,000 ($611,250) and buyers will have the opportunity to choose the body and interior colors that they prefer.