Car Catcher: A Knobbly-Bodied, Lister-Jaguar Works Car

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The first time a Jaguar engine was mated with a Lister body was not until 1957, when Lister customer Norman Hillwood asked to have a Jaguar XK engine put into his car.

Later, in 1958, Lister unveiled a new car that quickly became known as the “Knobbly” for its curved proportions. Versions of this car would go on to succeed at many events, perhaps the most notable being the first place finish at the 1958 SCCA national championships.

This 1958 Lister-Jaguar “Knobbly” is genuine example of one of those cars, and is accompanied by an “extensive historic racing and rally history” that includes drivers such as Walt Hansgen, Ivor Bueb, and Bruce Halford.

Said to be “the last of three Knobbly-bodied Works cars built for 1958,” this Lister is powered by a Jaguar D-type 3.8-liter inline-six that is said to have been built to “competition specifications.”

Included in the sale are a number of documents that features invoices, newspaper clippings and period photography of the car on track, as well as a spares package that includes a number of original parts such as a fuel tank, muffler, roll bar and tonneau cover.

Find this Lister company historian-endorsed 1958 Lister-Jaguar “Knobbly” available through RM Sotheby’s upcoming Arizona auction, with an expected selling price between $900,000 and $1,200,000.

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APEowner Dork
1/21/21 8:48 a.m.

I think the sports cars of this era some some of the most beautiful cars ever built and this one is particularly so.  While I'm normally a proponent of driving performance cars I wouldn't criticize someone for buying this and putting it in their living room to admire on a daily basis.  In fact, if I were filthy rich, I'd do it.

frenchyd PowerDork
1/21/21 11:20 a.m.

In reply to APEowner :

My Black Jack special.  Went into the Packard museum about 2017. I agree that cars from the mid 50's through early 60's really seemed to be the Golden Age. 

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