Lot 274 - 1988 Jaguar Lister XJS (7.0 litre)
|Estimate||£52,000 - £60,000|
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 7.0 litre Jaguar engine produced a mighty 600bhp with an identical 600lbft of torque ensuring effortless acceleration in any gear.
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 outstanding Jaguar XJS was originally registered on 20th December 1988 and has benefitted from a Lister engine upgrade to 7.0 litre. The suspension and brakes have also been upgraded, however the modifications are all subtle and to the untrained eye, this looks like any other XJS. However, start the engine and it becomes apparent this is a special car with a delightful roar from the exhaust. Finished in British Racing Green, this ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing’ is a delight to drive and has clearly been very well looked after. Sure to appeal to collectors and enthusiasts alike, this Jaguar is unlike any other XJS.
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