On the company's 60th anniversary and less than a month after its founder's passing, Lister brings the first continuation example of the original Knobbly roadster to the Autosport International racing show in Birmingham.
The founders of most automakers aren't still with us. Enzo Ferrari, Ettore Bugatti, Henry Ford, Louis Chevrolet, Kiichiro Toyoda, Soichiro Honda and so many others have long since left this world. Those who are still with us – like Christian von Koenigsegg, Horacio Pagani and Elon Musk – got into the game much later. Brian Lister hit the scene a long time ago, but until just the other day, he was still with us. But now his time on the racing circuit has come to an end.
Does the world need another thousand-horsepower, twelve-cylinder, seven-figure hypercar? Probably not. At least not with the likes of the Pagani Huayra and LaFerrari already out on the scene. But we're not going to complain if another storied European marque wants to get in on the action.
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 Kn