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- It was terrific! I mean, who's going to beat you? -
Sir Stirling Moss - Reflecting on the Lister Jaguar 'knobbly'

Lister Jaguar 'Knobbly'

1958 Works Race Specification built to meet current FIA Appendix K Race Regulations

LISTER JAGUAR 'KNOBBLY' 60th Anniversary Edition

To celebrate our 60th anniversary you can now order a brand new original specification 1958 Works Lister Jaguar 'Knobbly', built to meet current FIA Appendix K race regulations, direct from the Lister Factory in Cambridge for road or race use.


Now, with state of the art facilities which include CNC machining and CAD design, George Lister Engineering are even better placed to deliver a historic race winning car. Brian Lister’s original working drawings and manufacturing jigs have been re-commissioned and some of the old guard have been called up into service, including Martin Murray, Colin 'Chippy' Crisp, Graham 'Curley' Hutton, Laurence Pearce and even Brian Lister himself. Heading up the manufacturing project is Mark Hallam, Technical Director at George Lister Engineering.


The cars will be built to the specifications as in 1958, out of the box and ready to race with BHL(C) chassis insignia and FIA/HTP accreditation. There are two choices of engine: The race proven, Jaguar D Type 3.8 litre 6 cylinder engine complete with the famous wide-angle cylinder head and dry sump lubrication or the 4,640cc Chevrolet Corvette V8 race specification that was originally built for the US racing market by Costin.


All race preparation and track commissioning will be undertaken by Chris Keith-Lucas of CKL Developments. Last but not least, that fantastic streamlined 'Knobbly' body will be re-created using the original jigs.


A series of Lister historic race meetings are planned for 2015, including the Brian Lister Cup that will be run alongside the Stirling Moss Trophy by Motor Racing Legends.

Technical Specification

        Jaguar 3.8     Chevrolet V8  
Acceleration 0-60 mph       4.3 seconds     4.9 seconds  
Acceleration 0-100 mph       10.1 seconds     12.1 seconds  
Max Speed       181 mph     168 mph  
Engine Type       Jaguar D Type, race specification     Chevrolet Corvette V8, race specification  
Engine Size       3,781cc, bore and stroke 87mm x 107mm     4,640cc (283cu/in), bore and stroke 98mm x 76mm  
Cylinders       6 cylinders in line, cast iron C8610 period block     8 cylinders V8, cast iron block  
Cylinder Head       35/40 degree wide angle D Type alloy head     OHV twin cast iron heads  
Lubrication       Full flow, twin oil pumps, dry sump system with oil cooler     Full flow, single oil pumps, with oil cooler  
Compression Ratio       10:1     9.5:1  
Camshafts       Twin OHC, high lift racing 110 degree duration     Single camshaft with pushrods  
Gearbox       Jaguar D Type with Plessey Pump (blanked) 4 speed all synchromesh     Chevrolet Corvette, 4 speed, all synchromesh  
Clutch       Triple plate     Single or twin plate  
Axle       Salisbury limited slip differential, all alloy case, ratio 3.54:1     Salisbury limited slip differential, all alloy case, ratio 3.54:1  
Fuelling       3x Weber DCO3 sand cast correct period carburettors     4x Holley downdraught carburetors or Rochester fuel injection  
Chassis       3 ins x 16g seamless engineering tube     3 ins x 14g seamless engineering tube  
Steering       Derrington 15" wheel with rack and pinion, 2 turns lock to lock     Derrington 15" wheel with rack and pinion, 2 turns lock to lock  
Suspension F       Independent wishbone arms with coil over shocks and anti roll bar     Independent wishbone arms with coil over shocks and anti roll bar  
Suspension R       De-Dion with coil over shocks     De-Dion with coil over shocks  
Brakes       Girling 12" discs front and rear with mechanical handbrake     Girling 12" discs front and rear with mechanical handbrake  
Wheels       Dunlop racing peg drive alloys 5" x 16" with knock off spinners     Dunlop racing alloys 16" with knock off spinners  
Tyres       Dunlop racing covers, front 600x16, rear 650x16, spare 600x16     Dunlop racing covers, front 600x16, rear 650x16, spare 600x16  
Body       Hand-formed lightweight aluminium alloy     Hand-formed lightweight aluminium alloy  
Length       13 ft 6 ins     13 ft 6 ins  
Wheelbase       7 ft 6-3/4 ins     7 ft 6-3/4 ins  
Track       Front 4 ft 4 ins, rear 4 ft 5-1/2 ins     Front 4 ft 4 ins, rear 4 ft 5-1/2 ins  
Height       2 ft 3 ins at scuttle     2 ft 4 ins at scuttle  
Weight       1,736 lbs (dry)     1,920 lbs (dry)  
Distribution       Front 48%, rear 52%     Front 50%, rear 50%  
Fuel Tank Cap       38/42 imperial gallons     38/42 imperial gallons  
Engine Oil Cap       5 imperial gals     1.5 imperial gals  
Power       330bhp at 6750 rpm     315bhp at 6000 rpm  
Torque       295 lbs ft at 4,250 rpm     290 lbs ft at 4,000 rpm  
Price       £POA     £POA  



Lister cars clean up at Algarve Classic Festival
Saturday 18th October 2014

With a backdrop of glorious Portuguese sunshine, the Autodromo do Algarve was the setting for the Algarve Classic Festival 2014 this weekend.The fifth and final leg of the Stirling Moss Trophy was on the itinerary, which is also a contributing race to the inaugural Brian Lister Cup, a competition set up to add extra spice and incentive to all Lister models competing in the Trophy this year.

The Motor Racing Legends 50's Sports Cars race was the one we here at Lister all had our eye on, which took place on the Saturday evening. Qualification had taken place the night before, with the Lister Knobblies participating making up 3rd, 4th, 5th & 7th on the race starting grid. The Lotus of Walker & Griffiths sat in pole. We were quietly confident.

By the time the early evening Algarve sun had begun to flirt with the horizon, we were treated to a result we could have only dreamed of, as not only did Jon Minshaw & Robert Hall storm to victory, they were followed in 2nd, 3rd and 4th by all the remaing Knobblies. A Lister Top 4! William Nuthall and Tony Wood finished second, Carlos Monteverde and Gary Pearson 3rd, with Mark Lewis and Ewan McLntyre completing the sweep.

A big congratulations from all at the Lister Motor Company, you boys have done us proud.

Lister-Jaguar 'Knobbly' wins at Goodwood Revival
Monday 15th September 2014

Race one at Goodwood Revival 2014 was the Sussex Trophy, and took place on the Friday. It saw Jon Minshaw and Phil Keen storm home to victory behind the wheel of our most famous car (back for 2014), the Lister Jaguar 'Knobbly'. They were pushed hard by former Lister Storm driver Bobby Verdon-Roe, who finished second driving a Ferrari 2465. Chris Harris also took part in the Sussex Trophy race, and he too drove a Lister, opting for a blue Lister-Costin.

1989 Lister Jaguar Le Mans Coupé

Bonhams held their annual auction on the Goodwood Estate in Chichester, and on the Saturday afternoon a 1989 Lister Jaguar Le Mans Coupé sold for £57,500, equalling the highest ever paid at auction for this particular model. The 7 litre monster retailed for £160,000 back in the late 80s & early 90s, and was one of only 20 made. A notable former owner is Jack Walker, the businessman whose millions steered his beloved Blackburn Rovers to the Premiership title in 1995

Monday 8th September 2014

If you didn't get chance to view the Lister Jaguar Knobbly unveiling at Salon Privé last week, don't worry. We've taken the liberty of photographing the first official outing of our brand new Lister for your viewing pleasure.

If you didn't already know, we are building a limited run of just 10 Lister Jaguar Knobblies to celebrate our 60 years in motor racing. These Lister's are exact continuations of our 1958 Lister Jaguar and come with HTP licences for historic race events. Supplied with a race spec Jaguar D Type engine and gearbox prices start at just £299,950 for the historic race edition or £309,950 for the road going version, making these cars terrific value for money and a true investment opportunity.

We now have just 1 car left for order. To order please call us on 01254 355101. We require a 10% deposit to secure with nothing else to pay until completion of your car.

Saturday 26th July 2014

This weekend saw the annual Silverstone Classic event take place at the home of British Motorsport. One of the races to take place on what was a beautiful Saturday was the third leg of the Stirling Moss Trophy for pre' 61 sports cars, featuring a plethora of Lister models. As we announced earlier in the year, the Trophy has added spice this year as all Lister Cars that take part have an extra incentive in the shape of the Brian Lister Cup.

It was a very proud moment indeed as Lister stormed to a one-two finish, with Jon Minshaw & Phil Keen in the Lister Jaguar Knobbly taking the chequered flag, followed closely by the Lister Jaguar Costin of Chris Ward. Minshaw and Keen had qualified with the fastest lap on the Friday so we were very confident going in to the race.

Duncan Wiltshire from Motor Racing Legends was a keen spectator of the race and had this to say: "It was a Lister one-two in yesterday's Stirling Moss Trophy and a thrilling race".

On a more sombre note, we were very sad to hear about the passing of Denis Welch after he was involved in an accident over the weekend. We at the Lister Motor Company send our deepest condolences to all his family, friends and loved ones.

First Lister-Jaguar back from the Paint Shop!
Wednesday 23rd July 2014

Please see the photos below of the first brand new Lister Jaguar Knobbly, finished in stunning Ferrari Nero Daytona. This colour was chosen as it matches the Ferrari F12 that our first customer also owns. We have three other Listers currently entering the paint spraying stage and so far every customer has chosen a different unique colour.

Lister Jaguar Production Update
Wednesday 21st May 2014

Please see the latest photo to emerge from the Lister factory. We are expecting the first two cars to be completed and road/race ready for summer. The first Lister bodies have arrived at the factory, and are potentially better than the 1958 original!

Lister models steal the show at Donington Historic Festival
3rd - 5th May 2014

The stage: Donington Park, the setting: Donington Historic Festival. And it’s cast? A striking and awe-provoking array of Lister Cars, sitting proudly amongst the crème de la crème of many other classic motors. The Historic Festival at Donington is still in its infancy in terms of its own history, but is a popular and important fixture on the classic car calendar already, and rightly so.

Donington Race Track has been a popular hunting ground for the Lister Motor Company for many a year, dating back to 1997 in the BRDC GT Championship (now the British GT Championship) where Jake Ulrich & Ian Flux were winners in the Lister Storm GTL, and Tiff Needell, who took the spoils in July 2000 alongside David Warnock in the same competition.

It’s the second time in a matter of weeks Lister has appeared at Donington. The brand new Lister-Jaguar Knobbly was on show alongside the Briggs Cunningham 1958 Knobbly prototype, which is due to go on sale in Monaco for RM Auctions on May 10th. This relic of a car sold for $1.9 million the last time it was under the hammer, so keep an eye on the auction results to see how it fairs this time around.

Picture Courtesy Of James Lipman

As announced last month, Lister has created the ‘Brian Lister Trophy’ (LINK) in line with our 60th anniversary year. The trophy runs alongside a select few races in the 2014 historic racing calendar, on which the Stirling Moss Trophy happens to sit, and so named after another famous driver in Lister history!

The Stirling Moss Trophy for Pre-’61 sports cars took place at 17.10 on the final day of the Donington Historic Festival, and was watched on by none other than Lister Motor Company Managing Director Lawrence Whittaker. Of the 26 cars in the assembly area, 9 were Lister models: 7 Knobblies & 2 Lister Costins. Hopes were high. The noise as those classic engines prepared for their pending 44 lap battle was climactic, and the stage was set for a fantastic race. The conclusion was inevitable as car number 41 driven by Chris Ward & Andrew Smith, a Lister Costin, stormed to victory in 1:00:25!

See below for video footage of the assembly area prior to the race, as well as race winners Chris Ward & Andrew Smith being congratulated by Lister Motor Company MD Lawrence Whittaker:

Lister Motor Company launches the Brian Lister Trophy
Wednesday 23rd April 2014

As part of its 60th anniversary celebrations, the Lister Motor Company has announced that it has created and introduced the ‘Brian Lister Trophy’ to support Lister racing cars participating in the 2014 historic racing calendar. The new trophy will be awarded to the best performing Lister Motor Car taking part in the Stirling Moss Trophy series for pre-1961 Sportscars and Sports Racers, organised by Motor Racing Legends.

All Lister cars competing in five rounds held at prestigious European historic events will be eligible for the trophy. With a varied grid of cars competing in each round, the trophy will not simply be awarded on finishing positions alone, but will also take into account elements such preparation, performance and passion – all of the values the Lister Motor Company stands for.

“We are delighted to be able to be associated with this fantastic series by presenting this beautiful Silver trophy in Brian Lister’s name,” said Lister Motor Company Chairman, Lawrence Whittaker.” Lister’s racing heritage is enormously rich and remains vitally important to the company. It is at the very core of our brand and we look forward to seeing some spirited racing from all of the competitors this season.”

The season will begin at the Donington Historic Festival on Bank Holiday Monday, May 5th and will take in the Brands Hatch Masters Festival, Silverstone Classic and the Spa Six Hours. The season will conclude at the Algarve Classic Festival in Portugal in October. The trophy will be presented at a star studded gala dinner in January 2015.

An impressive grid of Lister Cars has already begun to form for the inaugural race at Donington including the oldest Lister on the grid, the Lister Bristol of Stephen Bond from 1955. John Minshaw’s 1959 Lister Knobbly is a fast and reliable car and could be a contender for success alongside the 1959 Lister Costin owned by JD Classics.

“We are delighted that The Lister Motor Company has joined our series to offer this beautiful trophy to the competitors,” said Duncan Wiltshire, Chairman of Motor Racing Legends. “We have achieved a lot with the Stirling Moss Trophy over the last four years since its creation. With 10 Listers already entered for the first round, it is clear there will be some really competitive and exciting racing.”

The full calendar can be seen below
      Stirling Moss Trophy  
      3rd – 5th May     Donington Historic Festival  
      24th – 26th May     Brands Hatch GP Circuit Masters Festival  
      25th – 27th July     Silverstone Classic  
      19th – 21st September     Spa Six Hours Meeting  
      The Motor Racing Legends ’50 Sports Cars Race  
      17th – 19th October     Algarve Classic Festival  

Lister Jaguar Production Update
Monday 24th February 2014

Please see the latest photo to emerge from the Lister factory. We are expecting the first two cars to be completed and road/race ready for summer. This is definitely british craftsmanship at its very best, just look at those welds!

Lister at Race Retro 2014
Monday 24th February 2014

We've just landed back after a hectic but supremely successful 3 days at the Race Retro show, held at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry. Here are some photos showing the highlights, including the one and only Sir Stirling Moss, who visited our stand on Saturday 22nd February.

We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who came and we're already looking forward to next years show.

Stirling Moss Interview

Check out Quentin Willsons Interview with Stirling Moss at the 2014 Race Retro Event and the first official public show for the New Lister Cars.

Historic Cambridge Reunion Celebrates Lister Motor Company Revival
Monday 18th November 2013
From left: Brian Lister, founder, Lister Cars. Colin 'Chippy' Crisp, of the original Lister Cars team. Quentin Wilson, motoring journalist and TV personality. Edwin 'Dick' Barton, of the original Lister Cars team. Lawrence Whittaker, co-owner of Lister Cars. Andrew Whittaker, co-owner of Lister Cars. Mark Hallam, director of George Lister Engineering. Mark Pauley, director of George Lister Engineering. Graham 'Curly' Hutton, one of the original Lister Cars team. Martin Murray, director of George Lister Engineering.

Lister Cars, which in September announced a historic return to sports car production, proudly reunited many of the company’s most significant characters at a celebration lunch at the Cambridge base of Lister Engineering. The gathering saw the company’s original founder, Brian Lister, and many of his original team members, all sharing stories and anecdotes of Lister’s glorious racing past, alongside the new Lister Cars senior management team of Lawrence and Andrew Whittaker.

Brian Lister said of the gathering: “It has been truly wonderful to reunite many of the original team members back in a factory that it is once again producing a Lister sports car. Lister had some truly talented people and that is what made us a formidable and successful company. I’m not sure any of us would have predicted that we would find ourselves back involved with Lister sports car production so many years later, but that is the fantastic reality of what is being celebrated today.”

Those celebrating alongside Brian Lister and Lawrence and Andrew Whittaker, were original team members, Colin 'Chippy' Crisp and Edwin 'Dick' Barton; Mark Hallam, Mark Pauley and Martin Murray, all directors of George Lister Engineering; and Quentin Wilson, well-known motoring pundit and journalist, who has been a lifelong Lister fan and aficionado. The gathering also welcomed various other members of the new management team and many of the hand-picked suppliers who will be providing world class expertise and engineering excellence to the new production cars.

The news that Lister Cars will once again be produce the legendary ‘Knobbly’ sports racing car, has been warmly welcomed by the motoring world. It’s almost 25 years since the Lister Storm, developed by Laurence Pearce, romped to numerous victories in GT racing, and with Lister’s 125 year anniversary celebrations taking place in 2015, the company is looking forward to a fantastic new era of low-volume sports car production.

Lawrence Whittaker, managing director of Lister Cars, says: “We have been truly delighted by the numerous messages of support and good wishes for this new project. Today’s gathering in Cambridge, which has taken place alongside the first of the new chassis to be produced, is a landmark moment for us. We are enormously ambitious and have some incredible hopes and aspirations for the future, and those plans reach far beyond the re-introduction of the classic Knobbly model. We are confident that Lister will become a new force to be reckoned with at the high-end of low volume sports car manufacturing”.

Lister Motor Company Storms Back To Business
Wednesday 18th September 2013

In an historic announcement today, Lister Cars, one the greatest names in British sports car manufacturing, has a stated its clear intention to return to its Cambridge roots and to once again reinstate production of an exciting new Lister car.

After a gap of almost 25 years since the last Lister rolled off the production line, the three Lister companies of Lister Jaguar, Brian Lister Light Engineering and Lister Storm, have been reunited into one organisation that will herald the return of one of the greatest sports racing cars of the 1950's - the fabulous Lister 'Knobbly' Jaguar.

In an exciting move that will ensure the return of the Lister name to new car production, the three companies have been consolidated within a new business called Lister Motor Company Limited, after a significant investment by Warrantywise, one of the UK’s most successful aftermarket used car warranty providers.

Lister Motor Company Limited has invested in a new, a state-of-the-art facility in Cambridge, which includes CNC machining, 3D scanning and Catia design, all of which will enable George Lister Engineering to develop and deliver an exciting and near identical development of the historic, race-winning, competition and track car.

Brian Lister’s original working drawings and manufacturing jigs have all been re-commissioned, and many of the team involved in the original 1950’s project with Lister Cars have been called back into service, including Martin Murray, Colin (Chippy) Crisp, Graham (Curley) Hutton, Laurence Pearce and even Brian Lister himself. Heading up the manufacturing project is Mark Hallam, technical director at George Lister Engineering. The cars will be built identical to those of 1958, out of the box and ready to race with BHL-C (C for Continuation) chassis insignia and up to FIA/HTP Appendix K specification.

Lawrence Whittaker, CEO of Warranty Wise and the investor in the project, said: "Anyone with a fondness for British sports car manufacturing and with an understanding of Lister's remarkable heritage should rightly be excited by this news. The Lister 'Knobbly' was a powerful, giant-killing racing car in its heyday, and with all the expertise we have brought together for this project, I can promise that the new Lister will be a fabulously exciting and desirable car."

Race proven, Jaguar D Type-specification engines and D Type gearboxes will be supplied by world-renowned experts, Crosthwaite & Gardiner, and all race preparation and track commissioning will be undertaken by Chris Keith-Lucas of CKL Developments, another leading specialist in historic Jaguar restoration and preparation. Last but not least, that fantastic streamlined Knobbly body will be re-created, using the original jigs.

A series of Lister sponsored historic race meetings are planned for 2015, in time for the Lister 125 year anniversary.


THE HISTORY OF Britain’s most successful sports racing car of the 1950's

  • Margaret Thatcher Visting The Lister Factory

  • The Lister-Jaguar was Britain’s most successful sports racing car of the 1950's. It won at almost every circuit in Britain and was virtually unbeatable both in the UK, overseas and in the USA and continued to keep the Jaguar name in the forefront of sports car racing long after the Jaguar D Type had become obsolete.


    The 'Cars from Cambridge' designed, and built by Brian Lister, were simply the best of their kind and dominated the field with Archie Scott Brown driving, even when driven by Stirling Moss, who also drove a stint for Lister.


    Brian Lister's big break came when he was offered the engines and gearboxes by William Lyons (boss at Jaguar) from the retiring Jaguar D Types which had previously dominated at Le Mans, but which by 1956 were fast becoming outdated. Lyons was correct in believing that Lister would be capable of developing a race winning car, thus keeping the Jaguar name in the forefront of racing and at little cost to Jaguar and so Lister-Jaguar was born.


    Brian Lister designed and built a new lightweight and aerodynamic chassis and ‘knobbly’ body to take the Jaguar drive train and the world’s best sport racing car of the 1950’s was born!


    For five seasons from 1954 Lister cars were always in the headlines and consistently beat the much larger works teams such as Aston Martin and Jaguar. It caught the public's imagination, especially popular was the mercurial and respected Archie Scott Brown, he was fiercely competitive, fun to be with, adored by everyone with film star looks even though he was severely disabled from birth.


    Unfortunately, in 1958 Archie Scott Brown died after suffering severe burns in a racing car accident at Spa. The car was criticized for having magnesium alloy bodywork which was inflammable, although an RAC examination found no faults with the car. Brian Lister persevered for a few years afterwards, but without his friend Archie things were just never quite the same.


    It was left to Laurence Pearce in 1995 to take up the charge, Pearce designed a new series of Lister Storm GT race cars and spent the next decade rebuilding the racing heritage the 'glory days' were back with winning drivers such as Tiff Needell.


    George Lister Engineering may have been absent from motorsport for some years but they have certainly not been idle. The company was founded in 1890 by George Lister who started the partnership that eventually became the George Lister Engineering Limited (GLE) we know today. The company moved to its current purpose built 30,000 sq ft facility in 2008 which is conveniently situated on the outskirts of Cambridge.


    GLE employ the very latest engineering techniques such as Catia and Solidworks Cad/Cam design together with computerised machine facilities utilising three and four axis CNC machining and Laser cutting.


    The GLE machine shop has around 35 highly skilled engineers serving the various departments including:


    Heavy and light engineering (milling and turning etc), welding (in steel, copper, brass and aluminium), fabrication (in sheet steel, stainless steel, copper, brass, aluminum and plastics), together with hand craftwork and assembly.


    Ever since 1890, GLE have offered a comprehensive service for a wide range of industrial applications which today include:


    Pharmaceutical, food packaging, scientific, military, medical, broadcast, semiconductors, electron beam microscope manufacturers, architectural curtain wall systems and forms of engineering metalwork and bespoke iron work. Oh… and of course race car design and manufacturing which includes engine building blue-printing and balancing.


    Modern Engineering and Craftsmanship

    Today, George Lister Engineering combines the two main attributes we see in so many of the companies which have lasted the test of time. Traditional skills and craftsmanship combined with expertise with new materials and the very latest and up to date techniques. As you walk around the factory you are more likely to see a worker with a laser in his hand than a hammer.


    Lister – Re-Building a Legend

    The jigs and plans may be old, but the engineering skills, techniques and machinery are bang up to date. All of the experience learned in racing the cars in the 1950’s and with Lister Storm in the 1990’s and later years is being called up with the original participants. Collin (Chippy) Crisp, Chris Keith-Lucas and Laurence Pearce are all pitching in, doing more than just lend a hand.


    The Cars from Cambridge are Back!



    Lister Bristol

    The Lister-Bristol came into operation in mid-1954 causing something of a sensation when Archie Scott Brown won the 2.0-litere class

    The first Lister-Bristol was registered MVE 303, after Brian had visited the Cambridge motor vehicle licensing office once more “to see what they had got,” as he put it. In view of the fame this registration mark has acquired in historic motor racing circles it’s worth digressing into its origins. Dick Barton: “I’ve always said that it was Brian who said to me that when he registered the cars in Cambridge, he chose 303 because of the association with the rifle bullet. But he said the idea was mine, so there’s a bit of confusion there.” Nevertheless, both men agree that likening the speed of the car to a .303 bullet fired from a Lee Enfield service rifle (which both would have encountered during their time in the RAF) was highly appropriate.

    Lister Maserati

    Brian Lister purchased a Maserati A6GCS engine and transmission from the Italian manufacturer in 1956 in hopes of adding more power to Lister Chassis number BHL1

    He believed the increased power would help continue the team's success in the 2-liter class. This is the only Lister-Maserati constructed and was the factory cars driven by legendary Archie Scott Brown, called the 'King for the 4-wheel Drift' by Fangio. The Lister-Maserati raced with varying degrees of success throughout 1956 and 1957, including four first-place finishes and twelve D.N.F.s.

    The 'Archie' Lister (MVE303)

    When one thinks of legendary racing cars of the late 1950s, words like sleek, sexy, and dramatic come to mind. Cambridge manufacturer Brian Lister’s offering was all of the above, but it found its groove in rather unique contours that nonetheless gave it the popular nickname “Knobbly”.

    Designed by Brian Lister to meet windshield height regulations set by the FIA, while also minimizing the frontal area of a car powered by a rather large three-liter Jaguar engine, its aluminum body featured a large central bump covering the engine, which fell off in wide grooves on either side and aft, and incredibly curvaceous streamlined fenders and headrest. The result was an athletic-appearing, distinctive racing car that took the sporting world by storm when it made its debut in February 1958 and made famous by Archie Scott Brown

    Lister Flat-Iron

    The flat-iron Lister-Jaguar - as 'HCH 736' became known - is perhaps the most famous of the non-works/non-Cunningham team cars.

    As 'the other Lister-Jaguar' run concurrently with the works' famous first prototype that was driven by Archie Scott-Brown through 1958, it was the Dick Walsh-run car which Bruce Halford and Brian Naylor drove at Le Mans, and then in 1959 became the Scottish Border Reivers' team's entry most notably for the youthful Jim Clark, and in which the World's greatest racing driver first developed so much of his supreme skill. Partly because it has been unused for so very many years it has re-emerged as an extremely important, truly historic sports-racing car, and its Clark connection gives it almost iconic status.

    Lister Monzanapolis

    The Monza Lista was conceived and built in little more than two months, a rush job that was completed in the paddock at the Nürburgring, where Ecurie Ecosse were running three D-types in the 1,000km race.

    Autosport 6 June 1958 described the Monza Lister as having quite substantial alterations, such as the 3.8 litre D-type engine being off-set to the nearside, strengthened de Dion tube with a large diameter centre pin to retain the sliding block, stronger front suspension wishbones, and even friction-type dampers to augment the standard telescopic units. Although the single-seater Lister was handsome, it proved slower than Ecurie Ecosse’s two D-types at the Monza ‘Race of Two Worlds’ in 1958 – and even these were nowhere near as competitive against the American Indy cars as they had been in 1957,

    Lister Costin

    In order that Listers could continue to be competitive in the big-engine classes in the 1959 season, Brian Lister was particularly receptive to the ideas of aerodynamicist Frank Costin, who had already suggested detail modifications to the ‘knobbly’ cars during 1958

    Costin persuaded Lister that many benefits could be gained from a multi-tube spaceframe, lighter and more rigid than the trusty twin-tube design which had featured in all Lister sports cars to date – especially if it carried a truly aerodynamic body. Accordingly, in October 1958 he was taken on full-time and given his own office and even an assistant (David Bennoy), with the brief of designing a car with exactly these features. But it soon became apparent that the spaceframe was complex and would take some months to design and develop, so as an interim measure the aerodynamic body intended for it would be produced first and fitted on the existing chassis which is how the ‘Costin’ Lister-Jaguar came about.

    Lister Le Mans

    The famous Lister Jaguar connection made its commercial reappearance in 1986. Based in Leatherhead, with engineering input by Laurence Pearce, approximately 90 tuned Jaguar Le Mans were produced, the emphasis being very much on super car performance.

    For those who felt the standard 5.3 litre V12 Jaguar engine a bit insipid, Lister added a comprehensive tuning package, first of all taking the engine out to 6 litres. The fuel injection was modified with 4 additional injectors and throttle bodies. The engine management system was tweaked, the heads gas flowed with larger valves fitted and to take the power, the crankshaft was nitrided, whilst Cosworth conrods carried special forged pistons increasing the compression ratio to 11.7:1. New bearings and a modified oil system were also deemed necessary in order to reliably deliver the 482bhp that it could now produce. Clearly the suspension and braking were going to need some attention, and this they duly got. The car was made to look the part too with a full body kit, superb leather Lister Recaro interior and some very sexy Lister alloy wheels. From the outset this was not going to be a cheap motor car, and it certainly wasn't, costing a cool £88,000 in 1988.

    Lister Storm

    The Lister Storm was a homologated racing car built by Lister Cars in 1993.

    The Storm used the largest V12 engine fitted to a production road car since World War II, a 6,996 cc Jaguar unit based on the one used by the Jaguar XJR Sportscars that competed at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Due to the high price of the vehicle, only four examples were produced before production of the road-going Storm ceased. Only three Storms survive today, although the Lister company continues to maintain racing models.



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