In the 1950s, Brian Lister and racing driver Archie Scott Brown combined their talents to win a succession of important sports car races, but it's been nearly a quarter of a century since the last Lister was produced. But Lister Cars will make a comeback as Lister Motor Company Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Warranty Wise, a British aftermarket used car warranty company.
Putting George Lister Engineering, Brian Lister Light Engineering and Lister Storm back together, Lister Cars plans to resume production of the Lister "Knobbly" Jaguar, the heralded sports racer that has demanded as much as $1.9 million on the classic car auction circuit (RM Monterey 2013).
"Anyone with a fondness for British sports car manufacturing and with an understanding of Lister's remarkable heritage should rightly be excited by this news," said Lawrence Whittaker, CEO of Warranty Wise. "The Lister 'Knobbly' was a powerful, giant-killing racing car in its heyday [see photo of Stirling Moss driving a Knobbly to victory at Silverstone in 1958], and with all the expertise we have brought together for this project, I can promise that the new Lister will be a fabulously exciting and desirable car. This is a passionate undertaking for us and we also have some very exciting plans for the future."
Those plans include getting the band back together with Brian Lister, Colin "Chippy" Crisp, Graham "Curley" Hutton, Laurence Pearce and Martin Murray reuniting to join with others to produce continuation Lister Knobblys with either Jaguar (D-type) or Chevrolet powerplants.
The cars will be built to FIA Appendix K regulations. Lister plans to launch a series of historic races starting in 2015 and in conjunction with the 125th anniversary of George Lister Engineering.
Preserved classics show their value
It's pretty obvious where Fred Simeone comes down on the question of preservation or restoration. He produced a book, The Stewardship of Historically Important Automobiles, that's become a bible for preservationists and, for the second year in a row, has hosted a Bonhams auction at his Simeone Auto Museum in Philadelphia to showcase carefully cared-for classics.
The result this year was $3.1-million in sales, with a 1934 Aston Martin 1 1/2-litre sports 2/4 seater formerly owned by entertainer and Philly native Bill Cosby going for $264,000 and a 1910 Peerless Model 29 Park Phaeton Victoria formerly owned by heiress Doris Duke bringing $231,000.
Other top sales included $198,000 for a 1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage, $148,500 for a 1911 Stoddard Dayton Model 11A five-passenger touring car and $143,000 for a 1904 Knox 16/18 hp "Touraine" four-passenger by Stanhope.
Restored 1933 Chrysler goes for $704k at Hershey
Cars that have been preserved instead of restored have become popular with collectors, but vehicles restored to showroom condition remain highly appreciated -- and valued. For example, a 1933 ChryslerCL Imperial convertible roadster (see photo) -- one of only nine built and one of six still around -- led the annual RM auction at Hershey by selling for $704,000.
The car had been restored in the 1960s and again earlier this century, and in 2008 won the Classic Car Club of America's Warshawsky Award.
Overall, the auction at Hershey sold 104 vehicles -- at a 90-percent sell-through rate -- for a total of $9.6 million.
Other leading sales were a 1910 Pierce-Arrow 48-SS seven-passenger touring for $687,500, a 1932 Gar Wood 28-foot triple-cockpit runabout "Hornet" boat for $396,000, a 1914 Locomobile Model 48 speedster for $291,500 and a 1936 Lincoln Model K Victoria convertible for $242,000.
The sale included 14 vehicles from the estate of collector Jim Miller. Those cars, including a 1934 Packard Eight phaeton, 1955 Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria and 1970 Oldsmobile 442, went for a combined $1.265 million.
Russo and Steele does $3.75 million at Las Vegas
Russo and Steele's inaugural Las Vegas auction moved around 100 cars to new owners for a combined price of $3.75 million.
The high-dollar sale was $321,750 for a 1974 Ferrari 246 GTS Dino. A 1967 Shelby gGT500 E Super Snake went for $130,000, a 1973 Porsche 911 S for $116,000 and a 1958 Mercedes-Benz 190SL brought $112,750.
'57 Eldo sets Fall Carlisle auction record
Selling for $181,500, a 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible has become the costliest vehicle ever sold at Auction America's sale at the annual Fall Carlisle (Pennsylvania) collector car swap meet and corral.
"This year's event saw our highest sales and best sell-through rate at Fall Carlisle, making it a great end to what has been an outstanding season for Auctions America," said Donnie Gould, president of Auctions America.
Overall, 62 percent of the 256 vehicles offered were sold, with sales totaling $2.8 million.
Other top sales included $104,500 for a 1957 Chevrolet Corvette, $79,200 for a 1960 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL, $77,000 for a 2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302 S and $76,000 for a 1963 Corvette roadster.
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