A run of ten Lister Knobbly Jaguars, built to the same works spec as raced by Stirling Moss, has been announced
It’s bodywork is entirely made of magnesium, it’s based on a works machine raced by Sir Stirling Moss and it’s got (at least) a million-pound price tag: meet the new Lister Jaguar Knobbly. This striking machine is part of a run of 10 special edition, handmade cars, or Knobblys, as they are affectionately called.
The cars will feature the same lightweight specification as the Lister ‘works’ car in which Sir Stirling Moss won at Silverstone in 1958. However, with none of the original magnesium-bodied ‘works’ Lister Knobblys surviving today, this will be the only opportunity to own anything like the car in which Moss crossed the finishing line to victory in 1958.
And – nodding to tradition – each of these cars will be painting in classic racing green and yellow and each will feature a plaque signed by Sir Stirling, who will also personally hand each car over to its owner.
But that’s not all. Each of these cars is available in either full race or full road specification and, in spite of the million-plus price tag, the Lister Motor Company have already taken several deposits. The cars follow on from an initial run of 10 aluminium-bodied continuations – now all sold out – production of which began in 2014 at George Lister Engineering.
Each is built using the same techniques as the original 1950s Knobbly, following the acquisition of Lister Motor Company by Andrew and Lawrence Whittaker in 2013.
All ten Lister Jaguar Knobbly Stirling Moss editions will feature the same specification as the ‘works’ car in which Moss won at Silverstone in 1958. This specification includes – of course – the magnesium body-shell, aerodynamic low-drag Long Wing Design front wings and a lightweight tubular steel chassis. The solid sterling silver number plaque, which distinguishes each of the ten cars by number, also features an engraving of Sir Stirling Moss’ signature.
Sir Stirling Moss said: ‘The Knobbly remains one of my favourite racing cars. I remember getting into it in 1958 and thinking ‘who is going to beat me in this?’Words: Rachael Clegg