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Jet Black | Convertible | 6 Speed Manual Getrag | 7.0 litre V12 700 bhp | 31,714 miles | $209,244
The relationship between Lister and Jaguar goes back almost 50 years.
Synonymous with racing and legendary names like Stirling Moss who scored victories behind the wheel of Lister-Jaguars, often demolishing Aston Martins in the process, the Lister Moniker became a household name around the world.
From the early 1980s the marque also graced some of the world's fastest road cars, one of the most austentacious- the insanely powerful 500 horsepower, 207mp/h Lister-Jaguar XJ-S Le Mans MK3.
Heavily re-worked, like Frankenstein's monster the XJ-S's standard 5.3 litre V12 engine was increased by F1 Cosworth engineers to 7 litres which made the Lister-Jaguar capable of a 0-100km/h sprint time of just 4.5 seconds, better than the Ferrari Testarossa and the Lamborghini Countach.
The architecture was also reloaded. Widened with a front air dam and rear spoiler added turning the docile XJ-S into an aggressive and muscular brute and a 5 speed Getrag manual gearbox, up-rated suspension with Koni dampers and bigger Group C rated brakes were introduced to match the sheer grunt.
Just 32 cars were built costing an astonishing Â£260,000.00 each and all sold but for one. The sinister stealth bomber on offer here was to remain behind as Laurence Pearce's (Lister's son) personal fantasy.
Spending more time with Cosworth engineers, this über special car was elevated to a thumping 700 horsepower, fitted with a 6 speed manual transmission over the "standard" 5 and whilst most cars were ordered Red on Black, this piece of resistance received translucent Jet Black over two-tone Red-White Connelly leather trim.
This same car was tested by UK Performance Car magazine in 1992 and clocked at an eye watering 328 kmh, praying on the world's fastest car, the McLaren F1 and realising Pearce's dream.
This is no stripped out supercar though. The Recaro's are trimmed in the finest Connelly hides, with deep pile Wilton Carpets, walnut accents and a German fabric convertible soft-top for good measure this Lister Le Mans is an engineering marvel.
Presenting in exceedingly well maintained original condition, this cars overall fit and finish is as per factory with all correct fittings in place from the one off Lister light-weight alloys, Lister badges and dash instrumentation to the well weighted leather wrapped steering wheel and the 13 inch wide Pirelli P7 tyres.
A unique opportunity to purchase a one off Supercar that is superbly engineered, mind-blowingly fast and nothing if not eye catching and preceded by great provenance this Lister Le Mans is something incredibly special.