Brand new race-ready Knobbly Listers to be built in Cambridge

| 18 Sep 2013

A Cambridge company is promising to bring back the Knobbly Lister in a ready-to-race 'continuation' format.

A generation after the last Lister was produced, the three Lister companies of George Lister Engineering of Cambridge, Brian Lister Light Engineering and Lister Storm have been gathered under one banner, the Lister Motor Company Limited.

The new company - funded by Warrantywise - says it has invested in a state-of-the-art facility in Cambridge that includes CNC machining, 3D scanning and Catia design, all of which will help deliver 'a near identical development of the historic, race-winning, competition and track car' the Knobbly Lister.

Stirling Moss winning at Silverstone in July 1958

Brian Lister’s original working drawings and manufacturing jigs have all been re-commissioned, and many of the team involved in the original 1950s project with Lister Cars have been called back into service, including Martin Murray, Colin (Chippy) Crisp, Graham (Curley) Hutton, Laurence Pearce and even Brian Lister himself.  

The cars will be built to be identical to those of 1958, and will be race-ready 'out of the box' to race with BHL-C (C for Continuation) chassis insignia and up to FIA/HTP Appendix K specification.

Jaguar D-type-spec engines and 'boxes will be supplied by Crosthwaite & Gardener, while Chris Keith-Lucas' CKL Developments will do all race preparation and track commissioning and the Knobbly body will be re-created using the original Shapecraft body bucks by Clive Smart and Adrian Breeze.

There's no idea of price yet, but with all those class-leading names involved, it won't be cheap!