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In the early 1980s, British motor racing journalist and historian Doug Nye was commissioned by
the famous Yoshiyuki Hayashi collection to acquire an “affordable” Lister-Jaguar. Nye contacted
Historic racing Lister specialists John Harper and John Pearson, who subsequently assembled
this car to Nye’s order. Assembled from a collection of original, made-in-period Lister-Jaguar
components, including an original Lister-made chassis frame that had been discarded by its first owner following an accident in a British race meeting during 1959. The new aluminium body was built by the renowned Bob Smith in the ‘Knobbly’ style. During Nye’s tenure pre-export, the car was photographed by the famous motor racing photographer Geoffrey Goddard, and it then starred as a feature car in an issue of the leading American magazine ‘Road & Track’, with general Lister-Jaguar text by Nye. The car was fitted with a correct Jaguar XK-series 6-cylinder twin-cam engine.
In later years the car was sold from the Hayashi Collection to America. For many years it was known to be BHL116, a myth that Doug eventually cleared up in one of his Lister books. The car subsequently returned to the UK where for ten years it was raced by Bob Gilbert. Gilbert raced the Lister extensively with the Vintage Sports Car Club, Historic Sports Car Club and Bentley Drivers Club where he has gained outright wins and placing’s. He was also a regular competitor in the British Racing Drivers’ Club 50s Sports Car Championship where podium finishes were achieved. In his hands, the Lister competed twice in the British Grand Prix support race at Silverstone as well as appeared at venues as diverse as Macau, Spa-Francorchamps, Nogaro, Ricard-Castellet and Imola, in addition to nearly every leading UK circuit.
Gilbert sold the Lister, still with the part original chassis, to a British collector who owned the original car, the damaged chassis came from. The car was then asserted a new chassis and chassis n° by Lister Company 'BHL168S' and had Pearsons and CKL Developments prepare and maintened the car. Since then, and in the custody of a new owner, further improvements have been made. A correct wide angle head, dry sump engine built by Valley Motorsport and a power output of around 350bhp has been fitted. Additionally, the diff was also replaced this year. The HTP papers are in process to be renewed. In summary, this is one of the best and most well-known of the recreation cars, having been commission by the marque’s leading authority Doug Nye and built by Harper & Pearson, the most respected names in their field. The muscular and extremely competitive Lister-Jaguar ‘Knobbly’ sports-racing cars built in the late 1950s today play a prominent part in Historic sports car competition.' BHL168S' offer the chance to race a potentially front-running 1950s sports racing car at a cost significantly less than one of the original Brian Lister built cars.