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CLASSIC RACER REBORN: Lister Cars' has revived its ‘Knobbly’ racer at the Autosport International show in England using the same spec as the original 1958 unit. Image: Newspress

  • Reborn ‘Knobbly’ debut at Autosport
  • Same spec as the original 1958 car
  • All 10 cars have been sold
  • 3 ‘final editions’ being considered

BIRMINGHAM, England - Lister Cars’ reborn ‘Knobbly’ racer has made its public debut at the Autosport International show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, central England.

The reborn ‘Knobbly’ celebrates Lister’s 60th anniversary and was built to the very same specification as theoriginal 1958 ‘Knobbly’ using the late Brian Lister’s original drawings and manufacturing jigs. It’s powered by a race-prepared, 250kW, Jaguar D-Type 3.8-litre straight-six engine.

HISTORIC RACE SERIES

All ‘Knobbly’ models are built at Lister Cars’ Cambridge factory near London to meet International Automobile Federation race regulations and their owners will compete in a series of Lister historic race meetings planned for 2015.

Despite following an original design laid out more than 55 years ago the reborn ‘Knobbly’ has performance to match modern sports cars as it accelerates to 100km/h in 4.3sec on to a top speed of 290km/h.

IMAGE GALLERY: 2015 Lister Cars 'Knobbly' racer reborn

Lister Cars has already received an overwhelming response – the production run of 10 cars has already been sold. The automaker is considering building a further three individual final-edition models, each of which will celebrate the remarkable competition history of the famous ‘Knobbly’.

Lister Cars’ chairman Lawrence Whittaker said: “It’s a testament to the quality and skill of our workforce and the reverence in which the brand is held that we’ve been overwhelmed by the response to the reborn ‘Knobbly’.

"With the limited run of 10 cars now sold we are looking at creating three individual special final editions, each giving a distinct nod to the incredible racing heritage of the ‘Knobbly’.

“With the recent sad passing of our founder Brian Lister we could think of no better way to honour his memory than by continuing his legacy.”

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