1989 Lister-Chevrolet 'Knobbly' Sanction II Sports-Racing Two-Seater  Chassis no. BHL 148
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1989 Lister-Chevrolet 'Knobbly' Sanction II Sports-Racing Two-Seater
Chassis no. BHL 148
£350,000 - 450,000
US$ 450,000 - 580,000

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1989 Lister-Chevrolet 'Knobbly' Sanction II Sports-Racing Two-Seater  Chassis no. BHL 148 1989 Lister-Chevrolet 'Knobbly' Sanction II Sports-Racing Two-Seater  Chassis no. BHL 148 1989 Lister-Chevrolet 'Knobbly' Sanction II Sports-Racing Two-Seater  Chassis no. BHL 148 1989 Lister-Chevrolet 'Knobbly' Sanction II Sports-Racing Two-Seater  Chassis no. BHL 148 1989 Lister-Chevrolet 'Knobbly' Sanction II Sports-Racing Two-Seater  Chassis no. BHL 148 1989 Lister-Chevrolet 'Knobbly' Sanction II Sports-Racing Two-Seater  Chassis no. BHL 148 1989 Lister-Chevrolet 'Knobbly' Sanction II Sports-Racing Two-Seater  Chassis no. BHL 148 1989 Lister-Chevrolet 'Knobbly' Sanction II Sports-Racing Two-Seater  Chassis no. BHL 148 1989 Lister-Chevrolet 'Knobbly' Sanction II Sports-Racing Two-Seater  Chassis no. BHL 148 1989 Lister-Chevrolet 'Knobbly' Sanction II Sports-Racing Two-Seater  Chassis no. BHL 148 1989 Lister-Chevrolet 'Knobbly' Sanction II Sports-Racing Two-Seater  Chassis no. BHL 148 1989 Lister-Chevrolet 'Knobbly' Sanction II Sports-Racing Two-Seater  Chassis no. BHL 148 1989 Lister-Chevrolet 'Knobbly' Sanction II Sports-Racing Two-Seater  Chassis no. BHL 148 1989 Lister-Chevrolet 'Knobbly' Sanction II Sports-Racing Two-Seater  Chassis no. BHL 148 1989 Lister-Chevrolet 'Knobbly' Sanction II Sports-Racing Two-Seater  Chassis no. BHL 148 1989 Lister-Chevrolet 'Knobbly' Sanction II Sports-Racing Two-Seater  Chassis no. BHL 148 1989 Lister-Chevrolet 'Knobbly' Sanction II Sports-Racing Two-Seater  Chassis no. BHL 148 1989 Lister-Chevrolet 'Knobbly' Sanction II Sports-Racing Two-Seater  Chassis no. BHL 148 1989 Lister-Chevrolet 'Knobbly' Sanction II Sports-Racing Two-Seater  Chassis no. BHL 148 1989 Lister-Chevrolet 'Knobbly' Sanction II Sports-Racing Two-Seater  Chassis no. BHL 148 1989 Lister-Chevrolet 'Knobbly' Sanction II Sports-Racing Two-Seater  Chassis no. BHL 148 1989 Lister-Chevrolet 'Knobbly' Sanction II Sports-Racing Two-Seater  Chassis no. BHL 148 1989 Lister-Chevrolet 'Knobbly' Sanction II Sports-Racing Two-Seater  Chassis no. BHL 148 1989 Lister-Chevrolet 'Knobbly' Sanction II Sports-Racing Two-Seater  Chassis no. BHL 148 1989 Lister-Chevrolet 'Knobbly' Sanction II Sports-Racing Two-Seater  Chassis no. BHL 148 1989 Lister-Chevrolet 'Knobbly' Sanction II Sports-Racing Two-Seater  Chassis no. BHL 148 1989 Lister-Chevrolet 'Knobbly' Sanction II Sports-Racing Two-Seater  Chassis no. BHL 148 1989 Lister-Chevrolet 'Knobbly' Sanction II Sports-Racing Two-Seater  Chassis no. BHL 148 1989 Lister-Chevrolet 'Knobbly' Sanction II Sports-Racing Two-Seater  Chassis no. BHL 148 1989 Lister-Chevrolet 'Knobbly' Sanction II Sports-Racing Two-Seater  Chassis no. BHL 148 1989 Lister-Chevrolet 'Knobbly' Sanction II Sports-Racing Two-Seater  Chassis no. BHL 148 1989 Lister-Chevrolet 'Knobbly' Sanction II Sports-Racing Two-Seater  Chassis no. BHL 148 1989 Lister-Chevrolet 'Knobbly' Sanction II Sports-Racing Two-Seater  Chassis no. BHL 148 1989 Lister-Chevrolet 'Knobbly' Sanction II Sports-Racing Two-Seater  Chassis no. BHL 148 1989 Lister-Chevrolet 'Knobbly' Sanction II Sports-Racing Two-Seater  Chassis no. BHL 148 1989 Lister-Chevrolet 'Knobbly' Sanction II Sports-Racing Two-Seater  Chassis no. BHL 148 1989 Lister-Chevrolet 'Knobbly' Sanction II Sports-Racing Two-Seater  Chassis no. BHL 148 1989 Lister-Chevrolet 'Knobbly' Sanction II Sports-Racing Two-Seater  Chassis no. BHL 148 1989 Lister-Chevrolet 'Knobbly' Sanction II Sports-Racing Two-Seater  Chassis no. BHL 148 1989 Lister-Chevrolet 'Knobbly' Sanction II Sports-Racing Two-Seater  Chassis no. BHL 148 1989 Lister-Chevrolet 'Knobbly' Sanction II Sports-Racing Two-Seater  Chassis no. BHL 148 1989 Lister-Chevrolet 'Knobbly' Sanction II Sports-Racing Two-Seater  Chassis no. BHL 148 1989 Lister-Chevrolet 'Knobbly' Sanction II Sports-Racing Two-Seater  Chassis no. BHL 148 1989 Lister-Chevrolet 'Knobbly' Sanction II Sports-Racing Two-Seater  Chassis no. BHL 148 1989 Lister-Chevrolet 'Knobbly' Sanction II Sports-Racing Two-Seater  Chassis no. BHL 148 1989 Lister-Chevrolet 'Knobbly' Sanction II Sports-Racing Two-Seater  Chassis no. BHL 148 1989 Lister-Chevrolet 'Knobbly' Sanction II Sports-Racing Two-Seater  Chassis no. BHL 148 1989 Lister-Chevrolet 'Knobbly' Sanction II Sports-Racing Two-Seater  Chassis no. BHL 148 1989 Lister-Chevrolet 'Knobbly' Sanction II Sports-Racing Two-Seater  Chassis no. BHL 148 1989 Lister-Chevrolet 'Knobbly' Sanction II Sports-Racing Two-Seater  Chassis no. BHL 148
1989 Lister-Chevrolet 'Knobbly' Sanction II Sports-Racing Two-Seater
Chassis no. BHL 148
*One of four 'Centenary Edition' Listers
*Built by Brian Lister (Light Engineering) Ltd
*5.3-litre Chevrolet V8 engine
*Prepared by CKL Developments, Mark Lewis, and Classic Performance Engineering
*Raced extensively across Europe
*Numerous Class Podium finishes

Footnotes

  • 'This car offers the best combined price to performance, power to weight, and power to frontal area ratios available anywhere in the world for a sports car. The 1957 racing season has now ended and out of the 14 races for which they were entered Scott-Brown and the Lister-Jaguar won 11, finished second in one, and had minor mechanical trouble in the other two when in the lead, nevertheless setting up the fastest lap in both races. They have also either equalled or broken the existing unlimited sports car lap record during either the racing or at practice on all circuits where they have appeared.' - Lister Press Release, October 1957.

    A director of his family's Cambridge-based light engineering firm, Brian Lister was better placed than most to become a racing car designer. He enlisted the considerable talents of Don Moore and Archie Scott-Brown to help with engine tuning and driving respectively, and built his first car in 1954. The MG XPAG-powered Lister proved an immediate success, notching up five 1st and eight 2nd places in short order. Upgraded that summer with a Bristol straight six, the Lister won its class during the British Grand Prix support race and throughout the 1955 and '56 UK racing seasons was a serious thorn in the side of both the Aston Martin and Jaguar works teams.

    With Shell/BP backing and a Jaguar engine supply deal, Brian Lister stepped up a gear to build a car capable of contesting the World Sports Car Championship. Debuting at Snetterton on 31st March 1957, the first 'official' Lister-Jaguar took pole position and set fastest lap (though clutch failure denied it victory). The following month, Lister's prototype proved itself the class of the field with dominant overall victories at both the British Empire Trophy race (Oulton Park) and the Easter Monday Sussex Trophy race (Goodwood). Capable of showing a clean pair of exhaust pipes to both the ageing Jaguar D-Type and new Aston Martin DBR1, the Lister-Jaguar was quite simply a revelation.

    Production proper commenced in 1958 with an Appendix C compliant version boasting a 10% reduction in frontal area. A riot of swooping wheelarches and air scoops punctuated by a pronounced bonnet bulge and shallow windscreen, it was affectionately christened the 'Knobbly'. One of Lister's many customers was the American millionaire private entrant Briggs Cunningham, who ordered two with Jaguar XK power and a third to accept a Chevrolet V8. The combination of the Lister chassis and lightweight Chevy engine proved immensely successful, Cunningham's cars dominating both the 1958 and 1959 SCCA Championships. For the latter season the Lister had been redesigned with sleeker bodywork by legendary aerodynamicist Frank Costin. However, by this time the writing was on the wall for front-engined sports-racers and Lister closed at the end of 1959. Opinions differ with regard to how many were made, quoted figures ranging from as few as 34 to as many as 50.

    The car offered here is one of four 'Centenary Edition' Listers built in 1989/1990 by Brian Lister (Light Engineering) Ltd. Heading the team of craftsmen that built the Centenary Edition Cars were three individuals who worked on the originals in 1958: George Tyrell (in charge of production); Brian Elliott (responsible for hubs, De Dion suspension parts, and other components); and Bob Gawthrop, the craftsman welder who employed the traditional arc welding methods he used on the original cars.

    Made using the original drawings, and fitted with Jaguar engines, the cars were priced in 1990 at £250,000 each. In 1998, 'BHL 148' had a 5.3-litre Chevrolet V8 engine fitted, identical to those fitted to Lister-Chevrolets in the USA. This engine has been measured and certified correct prior to sealing by the MSA.

    'BHL 148' comes with an extensive history file covering close to 20 years. This file contains several letters from Brian Lister, together with an original Press Launch folder from 1990. A substantial quantity of spares is included with the car, including an engine, gearbox, and spare wheels. Maintenance and race preparation was initially carried out by CKL Developments, while latterly that role has been fulfilled by Lister-Chevrolet specialist, Mark Lewis, close by Silverstone.

    Until 2015, the car was raced in the traditional Lister colours of green and yellow. Then, in 2016, it was repainted in the distinctive colours of blue and white, made famous by Lister racer Art Huttinger in the Southern States of the USA.

    This car has raced extensively across Europe, achieving Class Podium Honours at Porto, Brands Hatch, Spa Francorchamps, Oulton Park, Silverstone, Dijon, Portimao and Le Mans. In addition, the car has raced twice at the Goodwood Members' Meeting. This is a rare opportunity to acquire an ultra-fast sports-racing car eligible for many prestigious events and capable of winning them!
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