More than 60 years after the original Lister Knobbly first raced, this celebrated competition car can finally be driven legally on public roads.
Unlike some ‘replica’ or ‘retro’ sports cars, the Lister Knobbly is not a classic shape on top of modern mechanicals. Beneath its hand-beaten aluminium body is a six-cylinder Jaguar 3.8-litre engine and four-speed gearbox, which is almost identical to the D-Type powerplants fitted in the 1950s.
Engines are built using all-new parts around original Jaguar blocks, assembled by experts from Crosthwaite & Gardiner. Despite the old-school technology, the engine is still capable of an impressive 330bhp – enough to power the 787kg Knobbly to 181mph and accelerate from 0-60mph in just 4.3 seconds
The tubular chassis is made using the original jigs, and all welds are pressure tested to ensure integrity. The aluminium body panels alone take around 500 hours to beat into the Knobbly’s distinctive shape.
Lawrence Whittaker, CEO Lister Motor Company, said: “I am really proud and excited that the Lister Motor Company has succeeded by being the first and to date the only, specialist sports car maker to engineer and launch a fully road legal version of a racing continuation model. Our new road legal Knobbly also paves the way for more future road-going Lister models too.”
Sadly, just 10 of the new hand-built road-going Lister Knobbly continuation models will be built. Production is due to commence in September 2017 and the first customer deliveries planned for June 2018.
The most notable changes to the road-ready Knobbly are:
- Collapsible steering Column
- Roll over protection
- Indicators, side repeater flashers, and rear fog lamp
- Number plates front and rear
- Padded leather dashboard
- Removal of wheel spinners for pedestrian safety
- Ratchet handbrake
- Rear view mirrors
- Sunken fuel filler cap
- Brake fluid and low fuel level warning lights
A Knobbly fitted with a 4.2-litre 6-Cylinder engine will be priced at £225,000, while a 3.8-litre with Dry Sump will be priced at £295,000.