• Image Credit: Lister Cars
  • Image Credit: Lister Cars
  • Image Credit: Lister Cars
  • Image Credit: Lister Cars
  • Image Credit: Lister Cars
Lister Cars was one of the pedigree names of British racing from its founding in 1954 and then on and off until the early 2000s. The company combined its own lightweight chassis with engines from other manufacturers, many of them British (and especially from Jaguar). Last year, the name and the intellectual property were sold to a new company that planned to revive the brand. For Lister's 60th anniversary, it is building a new version of one of its most famous racecars, the 1958 Lister-Jaguar Knobbly.

The 2014 Listers are built to the exact specifications of the original cars, and the aluminum bodies are hand-formed on the original jigs. It is offered in racing trim starting at 249,000 pounds ($409,618) and is certified for FIA historic racing. There's also a road-legal version starting at 259,000 pounds ($426,060), if you don't intend to race but do intend to drive.

There are two engines available, just like in the original car. A reproduction Jaguar D-Type 3.8-liter inline-six with dry-sump lubrication pumps out 330 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque with a four-speed Jaguar gearbox. The other option is a 4.6-liter Chevy V8 with 315 hp and 290 lb-ft with a four-speed manual transmission. The Chevy-engined version also gets a slightly altered body with a higher hood to clear the engine.

The first 2014 Listers will be delivered in the UK this April. Unlike many of these boutique sportscars, the racing version will be available to US buyers, but Lister won't federalize the road version due to the high cost. Scroll down to get all of the details about the revived racer.
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New 60th Anniversary Lister Jaguar brochure now available
50 per cent of 2014 production already sold
First cars to be delivered in April, 2014
Road-going variant to be offered at £259,000 + tax
Race-going version to be £249,000 + tax.

Following the recently announced purchase of the Lister Motor Company in May 2013, the company is delighted to announce that it has now published its 60thAnniversary Lister Jaguar brochure, which fully outlines the specifications for its fantastic recreation of the iconic Lister Jaguar 'Knobbly' racing car.

With the order book already filling for the new car, Lister has produced its first new sales brochure in more than 25 years, with all the options and specification data now available to potential customers, as well as providing an insight into Lister's iconic history. Interest in the Lister brand has never been higher and with values of the original 1950s 'Knobbly' cars now approaching $2,000,000 million*, the model is highly-prized by collectors and historic racing enthusiasts.

The new continuation cars will provide an all-new, factory approved, entry into FIA/HTP Appendix K historic racing, without the risk of buying non-factory recognised, replica cars, which may prove to be ineligible for FIA completion use. The Lister Motor company has also announced that it will build the 'Knobbly' for road & race use, which is detailed in the new brochure at prices of £259,000 + tax and £249,000 + tax respectively.

Lawrence Whittaker, Managing Director of Lister Cars, says: "2014 is a very special year for us, as it celebrates 60 years since Brian Lister built the first Lister car at George Lister Engineering. Today we are still hand-building cars at George Lister Engineering in Cambridge and use many of the traditional methods that were used in 1954, as well as one or two of the original engineers. It's fantastic to think that Lister has a 60 year history as an all-British owned car maker, and that it now has a fantastic future ahead of it."

With traditional, hand-built construction still at its core, and with orders tailored to the bespoke requirements of each customer, the 2014 production numbers for the 60th Anniversary Lister Jaguar are, of course, extremely limited. With 50 per cent of the annual production capability already sold, the first cars will leave the factory in April 2014.

"April is a key month for us in 2014", continues Whittaker, "We will have two press cars available around that time which will allow us to officially unveil the car to the world's media at a dedicated launch event at a track venue in the UK. Watch this space!"

Plans are still being progressed for a series of Lister sponsored historic race meetings to run in 2015, in time for the Lister brand's 125th anniversary.

A link to the PDF version of the catalogue is available here: http://www.listercars.com/lister/files/lister-brochure.pdf

* 2013 RM Auction, Monterey: 1958 Lister Jaguar Knobbly – Highest value achieved at auction: $1.9m.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Justin Shaw
      • 1 Year Ago
      Idk why someone would pick the Chevy v8 over 3.8 liter inline 6, but got to love the option.
      Hajime1990 #follow
      • 1 Year Ago
      $400 ... say what?
      • 1 Year Ago
      A fancy kit car is still a kit car, same class as a Fiero with a Ferrari body kit.
        • 1 Year Ago
        You need to understand more about historic car recreations to understand their value. They end up allowing people to use otherwise priceless cars, expose more vintage racing fans to them, and are generally a good thing as long as they are never passed off as the real thing. Of course these are more difficult to buy and sell as they're often overpriced and phenomenal at the same time. Buyer has to really need a Knobbly, but be short by ~$1M. Beck built kits for Knobblies, which while really cool, probably won't be as nice as these new ones: http://www.highwayone.com/cgi-bin/classifieds.cgi?resource_id=13038&header=
        • 1 Year Ago
        Are you kidding me? Did you read the article? It's almost an exact replica, it's in a COMPLETELY different class than a rebodied fiero!
        • 1 Year Ago
        Uh, no. A Fiero with a Ferrari body kit doesn't have an all aluminum monocoque chassis, front/back double wishbone suspension, in-board disc brakes, and anywhere near as good of engine choices. So yes, while a fancy kit car is still a kit car this is akin to saying that a fancy car (Let us say a corvette C7) is still just a 'car' and in the same class as Ford Transit van.
      Ace Convoy
      • 1 Year Ago
      All I see is a British Mach 5....
      brian peters
      • 1 Year Ago
      Beautiful car and very cool that they are making these on the original tooling. One thing is odd though. No road car for the US because "Lister won't federalize the road version due to the high cost". High cost? How much would it add to the $426,060 and do they really think that would price a potential buyer out of the market?