The Lister adventure began in 2012 when my father, who now spends his time restoring vintage Bentleys, bought a Lister Knobbly chassis and bodyshell. Almost immediately we contacted George Lister Engineering to see if they could help us out with parts. George Lister was Brian Lister’s grandfather and his company, established in 1890, was where all the original Lister racing cars were built. We visited the factory in Cambridge and discovered a plethora of original parts, including the original chassis jig, body bucks, wheel hubs, blueprints and much more! Needless to say my father was in his element, and an opportunity developed that ended up with us buying the Lister Motor Company in 2013.
Now armed with all the relevant tooling, we released a limited run of 10 Lister Jaguar Knobblys in celebration of the 60th anniversary since the first Lister car was built in Cambridge. In remaining true to Lister and through our dedication to British Craftsmanship, I ensure that Lister remains true to its motto: ‘A British Racing Icon’. I strongly believe in the guardianship of the Lister values and its profound history. For example, the expert engineers at the George Lister Engineering Works handcraft all the new continuation cars as they did in the past. We even brought some guys out of retirement who held essential skills, now forgotten. Likewise, with our new Lister Jaguar Knobblys, the cars are built to the exact specifications of the 1958 model.
The Knobbly continuation was inspired by Brian Lister’s original working drawings and manufacturing jigs. Brian, as well as some of the original factory workers, were involved in the process of building the car, his ideas and input on the design and manufacturing were vital in its production. Brian and I kept in close touch and he was consulted and informed on any developments throughout the process. I always maintained a good relationship with Brian; he always left me with the lasting impression of his passion for British engineering. I will always do my utmost best to implement Brian’s passion in all future Lister cars we produce, to ensure that the Lister values remain.