Three classic Lister Jaguars for sale – including a Storm!
One of just three known roadgoing Lister Storms, a 600bhp Lister XJ-S and a twin-supercharged Lister XJ12 are all to be offered by Historics on May 19
UK auction house Historics at Brooklands is selling not one, not two, but three Lister Jaguar, all from the same deceased estate, and all extremely rare and low-mileage.
The undoubted star of the trio is the 1994 Lister Storm, one of just three roadgoing Lister Storms in the world. That's followed by a 1990 Lister Jaguar XJ-S Coupé; a 600bhp, 200mph monster-of-legend. The third is a 1993 Lister Jaguar XJ12, converted by Lister to twin-superchargers and six-speed gearbox.
All three Lister Jaguars are going up for sale on May 19 in the Historics sale at Brooklands Motor Museum, Surrey.
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1994 Lister Storm
The Lister Company, with its long history of race cars, underwent something of a revival in the 1980s and '90s, and it designed a new sports racer, the Lister Storm, that was launched in 1993. It used the largest V12 engine ever fitted to a production road car up to that time, a 7.0-litre Jaguar unit. In race trim, a Storm won the FIA GT Championship in 2000.
Just four road-going Lister Storms were made and only three are known to exist today. Its monocoque is an aluminium honeycomb, with two rear bulkheads and three frontal bulkheads completing the structure. The bumpers were made of a carbon-kevlar combination.
The Jaguar V12 engine was stripped and modified by Lister to give a 6996cc displacement and a power output of 600bhp. A six speed manual gearbox, Brembo disc brakes all-round and 18in alloy wheels completed the spec.
When this particular Storm was bought new in 1994 it cost £220,000, and was then the fastest roadgoing car in the world, with a top speed of 211mph. It was bought by the registered owner in 2007 having had only two former keepers at that point. It's said to be in excellent condition, in metallic green with tan and green leather interior, and with only 30,966 miles covered. It's estimated at £145,000-165,000.
1990 Lister Jaguar XJ-S Coupé V12
The Lister Le Mans was launched in 1989, christened 'Le Mans' to celebrate Jaguar's success there in the late 1980s. Lister transformed the Jaguar XJ-S base into a 200mph supercar using a bored-out 7-litre Jaguar engine that produced 600bhp and 600lb ft of torque, mated to a five-speed gearbox. It could achieve 0-60mph in 3.8 seconds and 100mph in 10.8 seconds. Just 20 were built.
The basic XJ-S body was modified with large alloy wheels, restyled rear buttresses, side skirts, spoilers and a Lister Recaro leather interior. The fuel injection was modified with four additional injectors and throttle bodies, the engine management system was tweaked, the cylinder heads gasflowed with larger valves fitted. Deeper into the engine, the crankshaft was nitrided, new bearings and oil system developed, and Cosworth con-rods and forged pistons fitted.
This particular Lister Jaguar Le Mans has been in the ownership of the same family since new and has covered only 3354 miles, a figure which is warranted and backed up with every MOT certificate. it's said to be in excellent condition and give out an 'earth-shattering' noise. It's estimated at £70,000-80,000.
1993 Lister Jaguar XJ12
The last of the three is the Lister Jaguar XJ12, based on the XJ40. Lister Cars offered a range of upgrades for the XJ40, including an engine upgrade at a cost of £28,350, Brembo brakes at £7645, retrimmed front seats at £3950, Lister bodykit at £6035 and Lister 18in wheels at £5888.
This example received all these options and more, adding up to £69,389 worth of Lister upgrades. It has a twin-supercharged V12 engine mated to a six-speed gearbox. It has covered just 13,952 miles and is said to drive extremely well. It's estimated at £30,000-40,000.
All three cars will be part of the Historics at Brooklands sale on May 19 at the Brooklands Motor Museum in Surrey. There are more details here.
Photographs courtesy of Luke Papworth of Hampshire photography.
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