After staring to make Jaguar-powered Lister Knobblys again in 2013, the company presented its first finished Stirling Moss Edition prototype at Pebble Beach, built to 1958 specifications and ready for the highest levels of historic racing in exchange for a million bucks, some gas money.
While Brian Lister stopped making race cars after Scott Brown was killed in one of his Lister-Jags in 1959, his company kept popping up, first helping to prepare the works Sunbeam Tigers for Le Mans in 1964, then building crazy powerful widebody versions of the Jaguar XJS in the eighties before finally returning to the tracks with the Lister Storm in 1993. The Storms weren't bad, but Lister remained better known for their 'Knobbly' racers, especially the one Stirling Moss drove at Goodwood in 1954, at Silverstone in 1958 and at Sebring in 1959.
And since the last six decades, the now Lawrence Whittaker-led Lister Company is building ten new ones, all of which will be presented to their owners by Sir Stirling himself.
Jaguar is doing a very similar thing with the Continuation Series XKSS, but Lister's new Knobblys will be way faster while staying road legal thanks to getting the Individual Vehicle Approval pass.
These cars have brand new 350 horsepower Jaguar D-Type straight-six engines and four-speed gearboxes built by Crosthwaite & Gardiner, the engineering company that will go as far as casting you a new Auto Union engine if your name is Audi.
Because Lister's body shells, engine sumps, and rear differential, gearbox and clutch casings are made of ultra light magnesium, the Knobblys were faster in period than the works Jaguar D-Types. Knowing that the new ones are built using the same methods, but to a much higher standard out of better materials, you can bet 2017's Lister-Jaguars will be hard to beat at future historic events such as the Goodwood Revival.
Come to think of it, it's actually not a bad deal at $1 million taxes.