A redesigned Jaguar Mark 2 has been unveiled on the day that that the new headquarters for Classic Motor Cars Limited (CMC) in Bridgnorth, Shropshire, was opened.

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The redesign was led by director of design at Jaguar Cars Ian Callum and was re-engineered by the restoring company CMC.

Mr Callum will be using the Mark 2 for himself and, following work with CMC, in now has had a large number of aesthetic and technical modifications to make it more practical, reliable and enjoyable for use in everyday life.

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It is powered by a modified 4.3 litre XK engine and has a five-speed manual gearbox, independent rear suspension and improved front brakes.

To modernise the experience of driving the Mark 2, it has been fitted with a NZ502E DIN multimedia station from Clarion. This system features a 16 cm flip-out touch screen, loudspeakers and specially-designed housings.

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CMC designed and re-engineered the suspension on the car. The front has uprated coil springs, a power assisted rack, roll bar, adjustable dampers, wishbone bushes and solid subframe mountings that were repositioned to improve the anti-dive characteristics. At the back, uprated coil springs have been added in as well as blade control wishbones, outboard disc brakes, adjustable dampers and an anti-roll bar.

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Speaking about his redesigned car, Mr Callum said: “This is a very personal statement. A long held notion that, although the Mark 2 has always been a beautiful car, it could be even more exciting in shape and performance. Whilst maintaining the purity of the car’s form, I wanted to add a number of modern twists to the design. Simplification and clarity was my objective.”

He also explained a number of changes in specifications that were incorporated. These included lowering its form by 30 mm and putting it on 17” split rim spoke wheels. Additionally, the bumpers are now part of the car’s overall form.

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It was not just the Mark 2 that made a star appearance at the opening of the CMC headquarters. The building was officially opened by motorcycle and Formula One champion John Surtees. What’s more, the car itself was revealed by Jaguar test driver Norman Dewis.

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