1959 Jaguar Lister

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1959 Lister-Jaguar Costin Alloy by Tempero

Chassis No. S993177BW
Note: Titled as a 1959 Jaguar

Overview: Hand built aluminum recreation of the 1950s sports-racing legend by New Zealand's Tempero Coachworks circa 1985.

• The only known Lister-Jaguar Costin built by Tempero
• Hand built Aluminum Body
• Powered by Engine Number 8L92411-H (XJ-6 Series II, 4.2L)
• 5-Speed Manual Gearbox
• Four Wheel Independent Suspension
• Four-Wheel Hydraulic Disc Brakes
• Triple Twin-Choke Dellorto DHLA 45 Carburetors
• Well Maintained with recent servicing including tires, and tune-up oil/filter
• Compression Test PSI Per Cylinder: 160, 165, 160, 165, 160, 160


• Previously owned by Respected Jaguar Collector and Authority Terry Larson
• Repurchased by Tempero in 2002 and refurbished by them before being sold to the US. Repainted in Works colors.
• Vintage race history including sprints and hill climbs; 1993 Southern Festival of Speed
• Recent Dyno-tuning, and extensive 25-hour detailing.
• “For its early history, this account comes from Rod Tempero of Oamaru, New Zealand: "Body and chassis supplied by Rod McKenzie of Timaru, New Zealand, and finished in metallic blue with light blue racing stripe. The car raced in this form until the 1993 Southern Festival of Speed when it was modified with a five-speed gearbox, rear-mounted sway bar and a very low-mounted fuel tank. In this form it raced in the four races of the series: Ruapuna, Timaru and Dunedin. With these mods it was 14-seconds faster around Dunedin than last year. Later it raced a Queenstown road race and placed fourth behind three single-seaters and ahead of a Lotus 25. Practiced at Waimate Street race, looked and sounded great, blew clutch in first race. Competed in the same races in 1994. Around 2002, Barrie Angliss of Tempero Coachworks repurchased the car and tidied it up. It was repainted in works colors."

Following Jaguar's withdrawal from "works" racing after 1956, he distinctive Lister-Jaguars picked up where the D-Types left off and kept the Jaguar name at the top echelons of motorsport. Rooted in the family light-engineering firm, British club-racer Brian Lister began work on a car of his own design in 1953 and by 1955, he Lister-Bristol was almost unbeatable in the 2-liter class. The fast-rising Lister team moved up to full-race Jaguar power at the urging of Shell Oil by 1957. Working in collaboration with Edwin "Dick" Barton and engine specialist Don Moore, Lister quickly developed updated and even more successful chassis, with Scott-Brown scoring 11 victories in 1957 alone! Lister-Jaguars were also successful in the USA, with Briggs Cunningham's ace driver Walt Hansgen taking back-to-back SCCA championships in 1958 and 1959. Other famous Lister customers included Ecurie Ecosse and Equipe Nationale Belge.

The Lister-Jaguar "Knobbly," so-named for its wheel-hugging bodylines, ropelled Scott-Brown to further victories for 1958, with his main rivals also driving Listers - a trend that continued until Archie Scott-Brown perished at Spa that year. Top drivers including Stirling Moss and Hansgen stepped into the void, winning the 1958 British Grand Prix at Silverstone for Lister. For 1959, he Listers were updated with sleek new bodywork designed by Frank Costin, former de Havilland and Lotus aerodynamicist, with the resulting cars known as Lister Costins. While the 1959 season's endurance events proved fruitless, the Lister piloted by Ivor Bueb and Bruce Halford came close to victory at Le Mans, running as high as fourth and on the march until they retired with engine failure. Despite their brilliant success, he Listers were soon outclassed by the new mid-engine Cooper Monacos in 1959. The death of Ivor Bueb (in another make of car) that year convinced Brian Lister to halt his racing activities. Nonetheless, lister-Jaguars were raced to great effect by privateers through the 1960s.

While few Lister-Jaguars and fewer Jaguar-powered Lister Costins were built, their brilliant success drove their eventual resurgence in historic motor racing. Since the 1980s, Tempero Coachworks of Oamaru, New Zealand, have answered the call with exceptionally high-quality Lister replicas, along with other 1950s racing icons.

Built with Tempero's world- renowned quality and authenticity, this highly engaging Lister Costin marks an outstanding find as quite possibly the sole example of its kind. Built in 1985, it was raced in numerous hill climbs and sprint races and then it was sold to the United States and spent some time in Las Vegas' Imperial Palace collection. Subsequently, the car was acquired by noted classic Jaguar authority Terry Larson and it was titled in his name as a "1959 Jaguar." Since acquisition by the "current custodian" in early 2013, the car's sleek and highly authentic all-alloy body was repainted in British Racing Green with a white racing stripe. Strong power is delivered by a 4.2-liter engine mounting Dell'Orto sidedraft carburetors, mated to a 5-speed, aluminum-case gearbox with tri-plate Tilton clutch. Suspension is fully independent with four-wheel disc brakes, onboard at the rear. Great period touches include a center-mount polished fuel-filler cap, covered headlamps, smiths and Lucas instruments, beautiful wood-rimmed steering wheel with Jaguar horn button, and competition-style 6-into-2 exhaust exiting underneath the passenger door. Other notables include a three-point roll bar and beautifully polished Dunlop "knock off" wheels, plus a spare and lug wrench.
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