Lister-Chevrolet is the Fastest '50s Roadster


Another great example of American muscle in a British roadster is hitting the auction block.

There's a great history to British sportscars packing American power. The AC Cobra (with its Shelby-tuned Ford engine) is chief among them, but there are others: the Jensen Interceptor (powered by Chrysler), the Sunbeam Tiger (Ford) and the shapely racing roadster you see here, made by Lister. One of many racing cars built by the men who drove them, Listers were initially powered by MG, Bristol and Jaguar engines. But in the late 1950s, Lister switched to Chevy power.

The results were impressive, to say the least. Listers went on to dominate the World Sports Car Championship in Europe and the SCCA championship in America, securing its place in history. Chassis BHL127 was built in 1959 and packs a 283 cubic-inch V8 with a massive 436 horsepower. One of the fastest '50s racing cars, it's FIA-certified for vintage racing and holds the '50s-era lap records at Spa, Goodwood and Oulton Park. Nicknamed "Knobbly" for its curvaceous but crude bodywork, this roadster is expected to fetch upwards of half a million at auction on January 18 at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix. Photos by Patrick Ernzen, courtesy of RM Auctions.

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