Lot 178 - 1990 Lister Jaguar XJS Coupé (V12)
|Odometer reading||3,354 miles|
|Result||Sold - £88,480|
- Only 3,354 miles from new
- Part of a deceased estate and a collection of three Listers
- Surely the best example in existence anywhere
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 XJS 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 XJS 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 received.
This remarkable Lister Jaguar Le Mans has been in the ownership of the same family since new and has covered only 3,354 miles in 28 years on British roads. Finished in Signal Red with cream leather interior the condition of this 200 mph supercar can only be described as remarkable. The paintwork is superb and the interior looks brand new. The huge wheels are unmarked and when looking at the car you could be forgiven for thinking this Lister was six months old. The earth shattering noise that this car produces is justification enough to have it in any collection, let alone its rarity and condition. The 6996cc V12 engine is mated to a five speed manual gearbox and offers staggering performance even by today’s standards with 0-60 being achieved in 3.8 seconds and 100mph in 10.8 seconds. With every MoT test certificate included since new, the mileage is warranted which has to be almost unprecedented. Lister Jaguar XJS’s are very rare with only 20 units manufactured by the Leatherhead based Company; to own an example such as this with its quality and significant part of Jaguar's extraordinary history is an opportunity not to be missed.
*Photographs courtesy of Luke Papworth of Hampshire photography
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