Lister Motor Company is proud to announce that its Knobbly Stirling Moss edition will be appearing at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance this Saturday, 20th August.
The limited run car will be appearing at the Inn at Spanish Bay™ in Pebble Beach at 09.30am PDT, in the Pebble Beach Classic Car Forum pavilion. Sir Stirling Moss will be the guest of honour. To attend the event, interested guests are asked to register at their earliest convenience at https://www.pbclassiccarforum.com
Just 10 special edition cars will be produced, each featuring a magnesium body and special lightweight specification – just like the original ‘works’ racing Knobblys of the 1950s. These cars follow on from an initial run of 10 aluminium-bodied continuations – now all sold out – production of which began in 2014 at George Lister Engineering. Each is built using the same techniques as the original 1950s Knobbly, following the acquisition of Lister Motor Company by Andrew and Lawrence Whittaker in 2013.
The 10 Stirling Moss editions will celebrate Moss’s races for Brian Lister in the ‘works’ racing cars in the 1950s. While some original Lister Knobblys are still campaigned in historic racing, none of the original ‘works’ cars survive, making this limited run an incredible opportunity for collectors and Lister enthusiasts.
To keep ahead of customer cars and other rivals in the 1950s, Brian Lister reserved a special lightweight specification for his ‘works’ Knobbly racing cars – with one of the main features being a magnesium body.
Magnesium is an exceptional material, lightweight but difficult to source and expensive. It is also time-consuming to work with as it is very hard to form, requiring incredible skill and craftsmanship. As a result, Lister has invested hugely in research and development into how to work with magnesium and produce perfect, hand-turned bodywork.
All 10 Lister Knobbly Stirling Moss editions will faithfully feature the same specification as the ‘works’ car with which Moss won at Silverstone in 1958. Key features of the Lister Knobbly Stirling Moss edition are:
- Bodyshell manufactured from lightweight magnesium with aerodynamic low-drag Long Wing Design front wings
- Engine sump manufactured from magnesium
- Clutch and differential casing manufactured from magnesium
- Lightweight tubular steel chassis
- Solid sterling silver number plaque 1 to 10 with Sir Stirling Moss’s signature engraved
- Classic Lister green & yellow paint, matching the original 1950s design
Each one of the 10 owners will receive a handover from Sir Stirling Moss and a personal welcome letter from the legendary racing driver. Every Lister Knobbly Stirling Moss will be built at exactly the same factory as the standard lightweight Knobbly: George Lister Engineering in Cambridge. The chassis will be made using exactly the same jig as was used for the first Knobbly back in 1958, while the bodies will be formed around the same styling buck too. Each car will be priced from $1 million plus taxes.
Lawrence Whittaker, CEO Lister Motor Company, said:
The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance® is without doubt the most important concours event in the world and a must-attend week on the historic motoring calendar. It will be a great honour to show our Knobbly Stirling Moss edition at the Inn at Spanish Bay at the Pebble Beach® Classic Car Forum.
These Stirling Moss editions represent a truly unique opportunity. None of the original ‘works’ Lister Knobblys survived from the 1950s, so the fortunate few who get to own a Stirling Moss edition will be getting a period-correct continuation ‘works’ Lister made using the same techniques as the original.
Secondly, as magnesium is such a difficult-to-source material and requires incredible skill and craftsmanship to form, the Lister Knobbly Stirling Moss edition will be the only magnesium-bodied car you can buy – either as a road or racing car – anywhere in the world.
Thirdly, this is only the second time in history that Sir Stirling Moss has put his name to a car. And this is truly limited run – we are only making 10. Ever. There will be no more. Factor in a personal factory hand-over from Sir Stirling Moss himself – a true British hero and a man who played a huge role in putting Lister on podiums in the 1950s – and you have an unrivalled, very personal experience. And an instant classic.
Sir Stirling Moss said:
The Knobbly remains one of my favourite racing cars. I remember getting into it in 1958 and thinking ‘who is going to beat me in this?’ At the time I knew they were quick but I never realised, until now, that they were so different to the customer cars.
These magnesium-bodied continuations redefine the word ‘special’: they are hugely collectible and they will be very fast indeed. They will be winners on the track – just as they were in their day. I’m looking forward to meeting the new owners and seeing some of these amazing cars on the historic racing circuit being driven flat out as there were designed to be.
Note: Press release courtesy of Lister Cars.