Lister Chevrolet Knobbly FIA
Few cars over the years have combined such sleek yet purposeful looks with outright speed, noise and excitement as the Lister Chevrolet. In a decade where Sportscar racing was dominated by the Works teams such as Jaguar, Aston Martin and Ferrari, Britain surpassed itself in producing number of smaller garage based teams that would go on to change the face of motorsport. Names like Cooper, Lotus, Lola and Brian Lister with his charismatic driver, Archie Scott Brown, was no exception to that group.
Like many of his contemporaries Brian Lister entered racing in a car of his own creation. Son of a wealthy industrialist, it was when he met the extremely talented Scottish driver Archie Scott Brown and local motor engineer Don Moore that the ingredients were set for what would become the legendary series of Lister sports-racing cars. Lister quickly realised that his business would progress faster if he concentrated on building the cars and had Scott Brown race them.
A trained engineer through his family business, he started with a conventional basic ladder frame chassis, made up of two large tubular members. The suspension was made by double wishbones at the front and a DeDion axle at the rear. The relatively high unsprung weight of the DeDion axle was compensated by moving the rear brakes inboard. Fitted with an MG engine and covered by Brian Lister designed bodywork, it made its debut in late 1953. Not too long after that the MG engine was replaced with a more powerful Bristol 2-litre straight six, which was immediately victorious at Silverstone beating the more potent Jaguar C-Types. Lister were on their way.
In 1955 and 1956 Lister experimented with various engines. At the end of the year Jaguar’s retirement from international racing meant a turn for the better for Lister as the highly successful D Type engines were made available to customers to purchase. The chassis was adapted to accept the Jaguar engine and the Lister Jaguar was born.
Now matching the competition’s power, the works Lister was easily the quickest car of the 1957 season and Scott Brown won eleven of the fourteen races he contested, often humiliating the factory machines like the new Aston Martin DBR1 and DBR2. Understandably, this success caught the attention of potential customers and Lister started the production of privateer cars. To cope with the added power the chassis tubes were of slightly wider diameter, but other than that little changed from the initial design drawn up in 1953.
Available with or without the Jaguar engine installed, Listers were clothed in a tightly wrapped aluminium body with prominent bulges to clear the wheels, thus giving them the nick-name ‘Knobbly’. Other engines included the Maserati 3-litre six cylinder before the ever present desire for more power led many owners to the powerful and cost effective Chevrolet V8.
Driven by many of the great drivers of the time including Stirling Moss, Jim Clark and obviously Archie Scott Brown; the demand for Listers was high and victories were scored on both sides of the Atlantic. Listers epitomised the true grit and passion of the 50s sports car scene in which they so heavily featured. To this day, that passion for 50s sports car thrives as strong as it has ever been in historic racing and the Lister still very much has its firm grip on the front of the grid, with Listers being very much the car to beat at prestigious events such as the Goodwood Revival and the ever popular Stirling Moss Trophy.
This cars performance and proven racing prowess is no exception to the Lister legacy. Beautifully built to an extremely high standard over a 10-year period by ex – Lotus and Sauber F1 engineer, Mark Lewis. Mark is highly respected in historic racing circles for his meticulous restorations and race preparation. Specialising in 1950’s sports cars, cars under his stewardship have been obviously dominant in 50s Sportscar racing over the last decade, with a win at Goodwood’s prestigious Sussex Trophy, pole position at Le Mans Classic and numerous outright victories in the Stirling Moss for a number of years running.
Painstakingly built to FIA Appendix K specification, this stunning example was sanctioned and awarded the chassis number BHL 155S by Lister themselves in 2014. Since completion Mark has campaigned the car himself in an array of historic events, both here and on the continent. Often sharing the driving duties with well known historic racer Jamie McIntyre, BHL 155S is a veteran of the Goodwood Members’ Meeting and a multiple race winner in the Stirling Moss Trophy and VSCC. Winning the 50s Sportscar race into the dusk at the Nürburgring Old-timers Meeting in both 2014 and 2016, the Archie Scott Brown Memorial Snetterton 2016, the 50s Sportscar race at the Algarve Classic Festival in 2015, the VSCC Silverstone 2016 and taking an impressive 2nd overall in the Stirling Moss trophy race at Spa 2016. It is fair to say this car has very much proved its worth.
Accompanied by 2014 FIA HTP papers, the engine was stripped and refreshed by I.C.E. Automotive Racing Engines in January 2017 before taking 6th overall in the highly competitive Lister only race at last years Goodwood Members meeting. BHL 155S offers a rare opportunity to acquire such a well prepared, clearly competitive and race proven example of the stunning Lister Chevrolet. This is the a ticket to the front of so many different and exciting grids at a wide array of historic motor racing grids around the world.
Meticulously prepared by Mark Lewis and accompanied by current FIA papers and Certification of Lister Sanction; this is a rare opportunity to acquire such a well prepared, proven race winning example of the legendary Lister Chevrolet.