Lot 186 - 1986 Lister Coupé (Jaguar XJ-S) ‘Chassis 001’ Press Car
|Odometer reading||9,436 miles|
|Estimate||£125,000 - £160,000|
|Result||Sold - £97,440|
- Chassis ‘001’ Press Car
- From a private collection
- Documents detailing its important history
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 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. The name has graced some of the most important and fastest road cars in the world, after an agreement first with BLE Automotive and then WP Automotive saw converted XJ-S models marketed as Lister Jaguars.
Offered to the open market for the first time in over three decades, chassis ‘001’ was registered on 28th October 1986 and originally used as Lister’s Press Car, featuring on the cover of Autocar Magazine in November 1986 which heralded ‘The return of the Lister Jaguar’. Originally built using a new seam welded, strengthened, XJ-S bodyshell and finished in grey over a cream leather interior with black carpets, this XJS was powered by a 5.0 litre engine. Lister later upgraded ‘001’ to its current specification which was documented and featured in Jaguar World Monthly. The specification included its Regency Red paintwork and tuned 7.0 litre Jaguar V12 engine with special nitride coated and dynamically balanced crankshafts. Fitted with a five-speed manual gearbox and many of Lister's typical improvements to the bodywork, chassis, suspension, brakes and wheels, the full Mk. III specification listed on file.
In very good order throughout, the finish to the paintwork is excellent as you would expect with such a low mileage example. Accompanying the car is a history file detailing its important history which includes many sundry invoices, magazines features, previous MoT test certificates, the UK V5C registration document and a valid MoT test certificate. Offered directly from a private collection, this Lister has been maintained regardless of cost and serviced and exercised occasionally with the last full service, including all 12 spark plugs, undertaken at 8,999 miles. The vendor reports that the Lister will be driven to the sale and as such the mileage reading will differ slightly from the 9,436 showing at time of photography.
This is a pure Lister and not to be confused with a Jaguar XJ-S conversion. A very special car indeed the 7.0 litre engine delivers a blistering 600bhp, the noise of which is earth shattering; justification enough to belong in any collection, let alone its rarity and significance as a part of Lister’s extraordinary history.
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