Lister Motor Company has announced that it will build 10 Lister Jaguar Knobbly Stirling Moss Editions to the exact specification of the original magnesium-bodied Lister works cars of 1958.
None of the original lightweight cars have survived, so the 10 new cars will be the only all-magnesium bodied vehicles in the world. They will be built exactly like the car that Sir Stirling Moss drove to victory at Silverstone in 1958.
Like Moss’s racing car, the Stirling Moss Editions will feature low-drag ‘long wing’ front wings, a magnesium engine sump, magnesium clutch and differential casing and a lightweight tubular steel chassis.
The use of magnesium instead of aluminium (the material used in the regular cars) lengthens the body production time from four to six weeks to 12 to 18 weeks.
It’s also harder to source – so hard that Lister has had to use magnesium normally reserved for helicopters - but the material is about 30% lighter than aluminium and so offers significant performance improvements.
Each car will be painted in classic Lister green and yellow paint the same as the original Moss racer, and will feature a solid sterling silver number plaque with an engraving of Moss’s signature.
When each car is finished, Moss will personally hand it over to its buyer with a welcome letter.
Lister CEO Lawrence Whittaker said of the new continuation Knobbly: “None of the original magnesium-bodied ‘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."
Sir Stirling Moss added: “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 they were designed to be.”
Lister is charging £1 million for each car and expects production of the first models to commence later this year. First deliveries are predicted to arrive in the autumn of 2017.