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Fantastic Lister Jaguar!

Lister Jaguar

Lister Jaguar

Really don’t what I’d do without Wouter Melissen’s coverage of classic (and modern) race cars. The Listers—more or less all of them—remain among my favorite designs of the late 50s and early 60s. Not only were these cars, in various permutations, wildly successful on the track they are among the most beautiful race cars ever built.

Jaguar powered

Jaguar powered

Here’s what Wouter had to say, “Like many of his contemporaries, Brian Lister entered racing with a machine of his own creation. Son of a wealthy industrialist, he first raced a MG engined Cooper chassis in 1951. This was soon replaced by a Tojeiro chassis with an air-cooled Jap motorcycle engine. It immediately impressed and Lister seriously considered marketing the racer, although several bugs still needed to be ironed out. During one of the races in the Tojeiro-Jap, he was nearly beaten by a young Archie Scott Brown in a much slower MG TD. This was even more remarkably considering the serious birth defects the Scotsman suffered, which left him with only one fully functional hand. Lister quickly realised that his business could move ahead quicker if he concentrated on building the cars and having Scott Brown race them. He in turn jumped at the opportunity to have his tired MG replaced by a state of the art racer and a lengthy partnership was forged.”

You can read the whole story and see the incredible album here.

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