1993 Lister StormSOLD

COYS AutoSport Auction - Saturday 12th January 2008

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Estimate: ú42,000-50,000

Sold: ú32,935

Brian Lister fancied himself as a driver and by 1953 had a Tojeiro fitted with a highly tuned 1,100cc, JAP V-twin motorcycle. When he was beaten by Archie Scott-Brown driving a standard MG TD he retired and offered to become Archie's entrant. Thus one of the great partnerships in motor racing was born. With Scott-Brown driving the Tojeiro-JAP it was unbeatable and at the end of 1953 Brian Lister laid plans to build his own car. He built a simple but effective car and by the end of the following season the names of Lister and Scott-Brown were prominent in British racing. Soon there were customers for replicas and Lister became a small scale manufacturer. In 1956 a customer fitted a Lister chassis with a Jaguar engine and since it worked it was a short step to making a bespoke Lister-Jaguar. Three years later, however, following the death of Scott-Brown on the track, Lister withdrew from racing and ceased all car production.

Revived in the early 1980s by Brian Lister and engineer Laurence Pearce, initially to produce a celebratory version of the Lister-Jaguar to mark the Lister company's centenary, the reborn Lister marque went on to offer a wide variety of modified Jaguars with different body kits, engine, transmission and suspension modifications. At the start of the 1990s, however, Lister decided to go the whole way and build its first road-going car of its own design, the Lister Storm, launching the car in 1993.

Using the trusted Jaguar V12 unit, but with a capacity increase to 7.0 litres and fitted with twin superchargers, the Storm produced no less than 396bhp which provided the rakish machine, via a five speed Getrag manual transmission, with a top speed in excess of 200mph and acceleration figures of just 4.1 seconds to 60mph and 8.4 seconds to 100mph. High levels of roadholding were provided by suspension comprising wishbones/coil springs at the front and a sophisticated, multi-dimensional, five arm rear axle employing three track control arms and a vertical thrust rod, while huge ventilated Brembo discs all round ensured ample stopping power. Not for the faint hearted, Lister stressed that this was not a racing car converted to road use, but a proper, comfortable and practical, true four seater with performance to match the most exotic of super cars.

Under the skin the high-tech' monocoque was of carbon-fibre reinforced, aluminium honeycomb construction, with three frontal and two rear bulkheads. The pure carbon composite roof, encompassing all the glass, the A-post and B-post, was bonded and riveted to the honeycomb, with carbon panels (wings, bonnet, bootlid) and carbon/Kevlar bumpers; the doors, which have full side-impact protection, were made of steel with aluminium skins. The Storm had always been designed with competition in mind and it would score memorable successes in national and international GT and endurance racing, as well as running strongly in the Le Mans 24 Hours and Daytona 24 Hours - in 1999 it was victorious in not just the GT1 class but also the GT2 category of the Privilege Insurance GT Championship, and in 2000 the Lister won the FIA GT Constructors Championship.

This delightful example is most attractively finished in deep blue metallic with a contrasting parchment interior with blue piping and is believed to be one of just four examples produced. Described by the current owner as being in excellent condition in every respect, this Lister Storm must represent a once in a lifetime opportunity to own one of the rarest supercars produced at a fraction of its original prohibitive price tag.

Reference Number 17382

as of 1/2/2008

Car 1993 Lister Storm