Lister is back!
And the ‘Knobbly’ Jaguar is coming back with them…
At the end of the last series Jeremy, James and Richard rounded up the best of the British motoring industry for a little parade outside the Queen's house. If you didn't see it, we included marques like Rolls Royce, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mini, McLaren and lots, lots more. And now one of the greats is back from the dead and fit to be added to the register: Lister.
The firm has been revived by warranty firm Warrantywise. They've amalgamated the three previous Lister companies (George Lister Engineering of Cambridge, Brian Lister Light Engineering and Lister Storm) into one - Lister Motor Company Limited.
The plan is to use the original working drawings and manufacturing jigs from the 1950s to get that famous 1950s race car - the Lister ‘Knobbly' Jaguar - back on track. They've even dusted off their phonebook and got many of the team involved in the original to come back and fit racing Jaguar D Type-spec engines and gearboxes to the cars, almost 25 years after the last Lister was produced.
"The Lister ‘Knobbly' was a powerful, giant-killing racing car in its heyday, and with all the expertise we have brought together for this project, I can promise that the new Lister will be a fabulously exciting and desirable car. This is a passionate undertaking for us and we also have some very exciting plans for the future," sats Lawrence Whittaker, CEO of Warranty Wise and the man funding the project.
Exciting plans for the future? Anyone else remember the V12 Lister Storm? How about seeing another one of those...