Lister revives the Knobbly racer

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Some 60 years after its race debut, the Lister Motor Company is set to build a limited run of ten handmade and completely road legal versions of its landmark 'Knobbly' race car.

Competing throughout the 1950s, the car became affectionately known as the "Lister Knobbly" thanks to its uniquely curved exterior styling, which was a result of extensive aerodynamic testing – something that was very unusual at the time.


The company, which was revived back in 2013 by father-and-son team Andrew and Lawrence Whitaker, has recently announced that it will be the only manufacturer making original specification continuation cars that are eligible for IVA type approval and therefore fully-legal for registration and road use.

The modern 'Knobbly' features a hand-beaten aluminium body, which takes around 500 man-hours to complete, as well as a six-cylinder Jaguar 3.8-litre engine and four-speed gearbox, which is almost identical to the D-Type power plants fitted in the 1950s.

Lister claims the 'old school' 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.

According to the company, a Knobbly fitted with a 4.2-litre six-cylinder engine will be priced at £225,000 on-the-road, while a 3.8-litre with Dry Sump will be priced at £295,000.

Interested parties will have to get in quickly, as the company expects the limited run of 10 machines to sell out fast before first deliveries arrive next year.

Lister revives the Knobbly racer

Lister revives the Knobbly racer