Lot 261 - 1989 12947 XJS Le Mans Coupé by Lister
|Odometer reading||37,200 miles|
|Estimate||£30,000 - £36,000|
Lister is one of the most renowned names in sports car racing history and the Lister-Jaguar, designed by Brian Lister, swept almost all before it during its first full racing season in 1957. From the early 1980's the name has also graced some of the world's fastest road cars and in 1989, with the culmination of six years of development work, the Lister Le Mans arrived on the supercar scene. Christened 'Le Mans' to celebrate Jaguar's success there in the late 80's, the Lister totally transformed its Jaguar XJ-S base into a mega powerful 200mph supercar. The bored out seven litre Jaguar engine produced a mighty 600bhp with an identical 600lbft of torque ensuring effortless acceleration in any gear.
The basic XJ-S body was extensively modified with large alloy wheels, restyled rear buttresses and a plethora of ground hugging skirts, spoilers and superb Lister Recaro leather interior. For those who felt the standard V12 Jaguar engine a bit insipid, Lister added a comprehensive tuning package. The fuel injection was modified with four 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. New bearings and a modified oil system were also deemed necessary in order to reliably deliver the 604bhp that it could now produce. Clearly the suspension and braking were going to need some attention; and this they duly got.
This 1989 Lister Jaguar Le Mans Coupé is number five of just twenty cars built with the full body kit. Used as the demonstrator and featured in Lister's sales brochure, it was sold to Jack Walker who, with his brother, developed Walkersteel Ltd. which was to become the largest steel stockholder in Britain, employing 3,400 people at 50 sites. In 1956, the turnover was £46,000 and by 1988 the business was making an annual profit of £48m. The Walker brothers bought GKN and then sold it to British Steel for a reported £360m, the highest price ever paid for a private company at the time. Jack Walker was also instrumental in the rise of Blackburn Rovers and within the first three years, he spent £25 million on new players, twice breaking the British record for the most expensive transfer of a football playersigning Alan Shearer from Southampton for £3.3million in 1992 and Chris Sutton from Norwich for £5million in 1994. He sold the Lister to one of his company directors, Mr. Eric Pacethorpe, in 1994, who kept the car until the end of 2012. This Lister Jaguar Le Mans is in excellent condition throughout, finished in Guards Red with cream leather interior and is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in August 2014, the complete Lister handbook pack, a copy of the sales brochure and a number of the old MoT test certificates. The earth shattering noise that this car produces is justification enough to have it in any collection, let alone its rarity, quality and significance as a part of Jaguar's extraordinary history.
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