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Legendary Lister Cars Will Remake 50s 'Knobbly', Marking 60th Anniversary

The epic English racecar builder will fit the classic Jaguar D Type engine into a replica of the 1954 racing legend.

In 1953, Brian Lister decided to build a racecar. With a tiny budget and a little help from his dad’s factory workers, he built 50 cars over five years, all of which placed or won over two thousand track events throughout the world. Marking the Knobbly’s 60th birthday this year, the company will recreate the racing classic, fitting it with the same Jaguar D type engine that was used in the original.

Offering both track and road-legal versions, Lister will outfit the car with a racing spec 3.8-liter 6-cylinder engine, producing 330 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. It will also get the Jaguar’s gearbox and suspension, promising 0-60 mph acceleration in 4.3 seconds. This gorgeous machine will be manufactured in England, with final fittings taking place at Lister's original Cambridge factory. With original Knobbly racers selling for over $2 million, the new racing model will be offered at $409,000, with street-legal versions coming in at $425,000. Although production of the anniversary model will be limited, company officials promise more exciting plans for the future.

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