Lister-Jaguar. Brian Lister and the cars from Cambridge


Author: Paul Skilleter
Date of Publication: 2010

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The story of Brian Lister and the Lister-Jaguars evokes the late 1950’s era of glorious front-engined sports cars driven by the top drivers of the day. The Lister-Jaguar won at almost every circuit in Britain. Ecurie Ecosse adopted the marque, and, entered by Briggs Cunningham, was virtually unbeatable in America.

It continued to keep the Jaguar name in the forefront of sports car racing long after the D-type became obsolete. The green and yellow cars from Cambridge were simply the best of their kind, and added lustre to Jaguar’s name and to the reputation of British engineering. Through this extensive and unique selection of several hundred high-quality monochrome photographs, plus rare period Kodachromes, and chassis listing register, the book tells how – often in his own words – Brian Lister evolved a series of sports racing cars which culminated in the all-conquering Lister-Jaguars of the late 1950s.

It also gives details of how the marque was revived in the mid 1980s, with a run of high performance Jaguar XJ-s models, and then progressed into a new car the Lister Storm, which in the main was used for GT racing. It is still the legendary ‘knobbly’ which presents itself as ‘the one to have’ and so four Centenary Edition Lister ‘knobbly’ Jaguars were produced in the 1990s. Also included is material on the remarkable Archie Scott Brown, the handicapped motor racing hero who from almost nowhere, rose to take on established stars such as Stirling Moss, Mike Hawthorn, Tony Brooks and Roy Salvadori.

Though the Scott Brown story is tinged with tragedy, as he died in an accident at Spa in May 1958, it had however, been a glorious run of successes and Brian Lister remains rightly proud of all their achievements.

2010 first edition in mint condition.

Additional information

Weight 1.55 kg
Dimensions 30 × 23 × 3 cm