Back in 1958 while at the height of his powers, Stirling Moss raced a special lightweight, magnesium-bodied version of the legendary Lister Knobbly to victory at Silverstone. Now the revived Lister has announced a run of 10 copies of Moss’s car, endorsed by the great man himself.
It’s an extremely special, thing. The delicate, hand-made bodywork, formed on the original bucks, takes up to five months to produce by itself. Magnesium is used for the clutch and differential casings and the sump, too.
The body is draped over a lightened tubular steel frame and is powered by a brand-new 3.8-litre Jaguar XK straight-six driving the rear wheels via a four-speed gearbox. There’s 337bhp and 295lb/ft of torque on tap, in a car weighing just 841kg.
As you’d expect with numbers like that, performance is profound. Indeed, on-par with modern supercars. Lister quotes a 0-60mph time of “less than” four seconds, 0-100mph in under 10secs and a top speed of 184mph. All the while accompanied by the distinctive, glorious howl that only a Jag XK motor can make.
As it’s built to exactly the same spec as the original car, the lightweight Knobbly is deemed a ‘continuation’ car and therefore qualifies for FIA historic racing. A road-going version will be offered, as well. All ten will be finished in the same green and yellow colours as Moss’s factory-run car and have a numbered plaque on the dashboard bearing his signature.
Inevitably, it ain’t cheap. But then, Listers both original and recent are highly prized on the collector car market. And since none of the original magnesium cars survive, Lister could charge pretty much whatever it wants for the continuation.
And it is, pretty much, for each at of the ten will set back its owner at least – brace yourself – £1 million. Several deposits are already on the books and I have no doubt the remaining slots will sell in short order.
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By Only Motors