1983 Lister Jaguar XJ-S 6.0-Litre 'System III' Coupé Registration no. to be advised Chassis no. SAJJNAEW3BC110615 Engine no. LP02760L
A director of his family's Cambridge-based light engineering firm, Brian Lister was better placed than most to become a racing car designer. He enlisted the considerable talents of Don Moore and Archie Scott-Brown to help with engine tuning and driving respectively, and built his first car in 1954. Fitted with Jaguar straight-six and American V8 engines, Lister's 'knobbly' sports-racers proved immensely successful at international level through the 1950s, but by the decade's end the writing was on the wall for front-engined sports-racers and Lister closed at the end of 1959. In recent years cars bearing the Lister name have been a major force in GT racing worldwide.
From the early 1980s the name has also graced some of the world's fastest road cars, after an agreement first with BLE Automotive and then WP Automotive saw converted XJ-S models marketed as Lister Jaguars. This Lister Jaguar XJ-S coupé is powered by a tuned 6.0-litre version of the Jaguar V12 engine, which delivers supercar performance courtesy of a maximum output of 482bhp. The car is fitted with a five-speed manual gearbox and also incorporates Lister's typical improvements to the bodywork, chassis, suspension, brakes and wheels (see System III specification listing on file). Built originally as an XJ-S HE Auto in 1983, the car was converted by Lister in 1990 and acquired by the current vendor in 1993 from Jaguar dealership Mead of Burnham.
Taken off the road in 1997, the Lister is offered fresh from extensive re-commissioning by Racing Green Cars Ltd of Ash Vale, Hampshire. Works carried out include a thorough overhaul of the fuel and braking systems, compression check (all good), replacing the alternator, repairing the ignition system, etc (see bill on file dated December 2014 for £7,515). Described as in generally very good condition, the car also comes with all Lister service invoices for the period 1993-1997, current MoT/tax and old/current V5/V5C registration documents. A total of only 21,791 miles is currently displayed on the odometer.
Finished in red with cream leather interior and black carpets, the latter boasting Recaro seats, this striking Lister XJ-S represents an exciting opportunity to acquire a unique car possessing an exceptional specification, as well as a direct link with one of the greatest of Jaguar exponents. It should be noted that the current registration 'JAG 2V' is being retained by the vendor.