Lot 306 - 1956 Lister Knobbly Recreation
|Estimate||£110,000 - £130,000|
|Result||Sold - £112,000|
For 1957, Lister redesigned the original car around a Jaguar D-Type inline-six with an aerodynamic aluminium body; it was tested by racing journalist John Bolster, performing a 0-100mph run in 11.2 seconds. Driver Archie Scott Brown won the 1957 British Empire Trophy in the new Lister-Jaguar. Refined again in 1958, the Lister-Jaguar entered international competitions. Lister also developed another single-seater car based on the Lister-Jaguar, for use in the unique Race of Two Worlds at Monza. Cars from this era are affectionately known as the 'Lister Knobbly' cars, due to their curved bodywork.
Although, not an original 'Knobbly' Lister-Jaguar, this is an extremely faithful and precise recreation, similar in ethos to the Cameron Miller Maserati 250Fs or the more recently replicated Guido Rosani/Jim Stokes Lancia-Ferrari D50s. One of three of its type built in the mid-1980s by New Zealander Ray Larsen, who is a world renowned coach builder and engineer, famous for building successful racing Jaguars. This car was copied directly from a genuine Lister 'Knobbly' using a host of period Jaguar components sourced from the 'matching numbers' donor car. As such, its two main longitudinal chassis members taper fore and aft from an unusually wide point level with the driver's seat thus enabling him to sit low down within the frame. The front suspension, carried on a dedicated box structure, consists of equal-length wishbones (fabricated from tubular steel with reinforcing flange plates) and coil-over-damper units, while the rear suspension comprises a De Dion tube located by parallel radius arms and a sliding trunnion. Special ducting keeps each of the four-wheel disc brakes (inboard at the rear) cool.
The freshly built engine by Jim Stokes is a 3.8-litre XK unit producing 360bhp and carries a bespoke inlet manifold complete with water rail, pressure gauge and triple 45DCOE Weber carburettors. Canted over by 8°, the unit also employs a D-Type style dry-sump lubrication system and gas flowed 36" exhaust system. Mated to a D-Type style bell-housing with backward facing starter motor and small circumference clutch, it feeds its considerable power to a Salisbury differential via a Moss close-ratio gearbox that is topped by an XK short lid. Around £179,000 (fully documented) has been spent from 2010 to 2015 mainly at Jim Stokes in order to produce a competitive and excellent handling example that has such charm and patina that it could have just raced at Goodwood in the 1950s and is capable of race winning lap times today. It has previously raced in Club events and is now fully sorted and ready to use for racing or as the ultimate track day weapon or showroom masterpiece. Finished in the Lister works Livery of green with yellow centre stripe and described by the vendor as in very good overall condition and very much improved over the years. Supplied with comprehensive history file, invoices, engine pre-heater and racing jacks. With huge expenditure and beautifully built, this fantastic machine offers a taste of the real deal at a fraction of the price.