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Τον Σεπτέμβριο του 2013, ανακοινώθηκε η συγχώνευση των George Lister Engineering, Brian Lister Light Engineering και Lister Storm σε μία εταιρία με την επωνυμία Lister Motor Company Limited. Για την 60η επέτειο από την ίδρυση της θρυλικής Lister Cars, η νεοσύστατη εταιρία θα κατασκευάσει μία νέα έκδοση του πιο γνωστού της αγωνιστικού, του 1958 Lister-Jaguar Knobbly.

Το Knobbly του 2014 θα κατασκευαστεί στις ακριβείς τεχνικές προδιαγραφές του αυθεντικού. Τα αλουμινένια αμαξώματα είναι εξ ολοκλήρου χειροποίητα ενώ το αυτοκίνητο θα προσφέρεται τόσο σε αγωνιστική έκδοση, όσο και σε “πολιτική”. Δύο συνδυασμοί κινητήρα-κιβωτίου θα είναι διαθέσιμοι. Στον πρώτο, ο 3.8 λίτρων εξακύλινδρος εν σειρά κινητήρας της Jaguar, αποδίδει 330 ίππους και 400 Nm ροπής και συνδυάζεται με ένα 4-τάχυτο κιβώτιο, επίσης της Jaguar. Στον δεύτερο, ο 4.6 λίτρων V8 της Chevrolet, αποδίδει 315 άλογα και 393 Nm ροπής και συνδυάζεται με ένα 4-τάχυτο κιβώτιο της ίδιας εταιρίας. Το Knobbly με τον V8 διαθέτει και ελαφρώς διαφορετικό αμάξωμα για να χωρέσει ο κινητήρας.

Τώρα, τα δύσκολα… Στην αγωνιστική μορφή του, το 2014 Lister Knobbly θα κοστίζει 249.000 λίρες (304.000€) και θα έχει πιστοποίηση για αγώνες ιστορικών. Η έκδοση δρόμου από την άλλη, θα κοστίζει 259.000 λίρες (316.000€). Οι πρώτες παραδόσεις θα ξεκινήσουν τον Απρίλιο.

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LISTER MOTOR COMPANY LAUNCHES NEW 60th ANNIVERSARY BROCHURE AS THE ORDER BOOKS BEGIN TO FILL

New 60th Anniversary Lister Jaguar brochure now available 50 per cent of 2014 production already sold First cars to be delivered in April, 2014 Road-going variant to be offered at £259,000 + tax Race-going version to be £249,000 + tax.

Following the recently announced purchase of the Lister Motor Company in May 2013, the company is delighted to announce that it has now published its 60thAnniversary Lister Jaguar brochure, which fully outlines the specifications for its fantastic recreation of the iconic Lister Jaguar ‘Knobbly’ racing car.

With the order book already filling for the new car, Lister has produced its first new sales brochure in more than 25 years, with all the options and specification data now available to potential customers, as well as providing an insight into Lister’s iconic history. Interest in the Lister brand has never been higher and with values of the original 1950s ‘Knobbly’ cars now approaching $2,000,000 million*, the model is highly-prized by collectors and historic racing enthusiasts.

The new continuation cars will provide an all-new, factory approved, entry into FIA/HTP Appendix K historic racing, without the risk of buying non-factory recognised, replica cars, which may prove to be ineligible for FIA completion use. The Lister Motor company has also announced that it will build the ‘Knobbly’ for road & race use, which is detailed in the new brochure at prices of £259,000 + tax and £249,000 + tax respectively.

Lawrence Whittaker, Managing Director of Lister Cars, says: “2014 is a very special year for us, as it celebrates 60 years since Brian Lister built the first Lister car at George Lister Engineering. Today we are still hand-building cars at George Lister Engineering in Cambridge and use many of the traditional methods that were used in 1954, as well as one or two of the original engineers. It’s fantastic to think that Lister has a 60 year history as an all-British owned car maker, and that it now has a fantastic future ahead of it.”

With traditional, hand-built construction still at its core, and with orders tailored to the bespoke requirements of each customer, the 2014 production numbers for the 60th Anniversary Lister Jaguar are, of course, extremely limited. With 50 per cent of the annual production capability already sold, the first cars will leave the factory in April 2014.

“April is a key month for us in 2014”, continues Whittaker, “We will have two press cars available around that time which will allow us to officially unveil the car to the world’s media at a dedicated launch event at a track venue in the UK. Watch this space!”

Plans are still being progressed for a series of Lister sponsored historic race meetings to run in 2015, in time for the Lister brand’s 125th anniversary.

A link to the PDF version of the catalogue is available here: http://www.listercars.com/lister/files/lister-brochure.pdf

* 2013 RM Auction, Monterey: 1958 Lister Jaguar Knobbly – Highest value achieved at auction: $1.9m.