The final Lister Costin built by the factory in 1959 with a ready-to-race with FIA Historic Technical Passport is up for grabs…
Winner of the 2019 Stirling Moss Trophy and widely acknowledged as ‘the fastest Lister in Europe’, chassis number BHL 135 is the last production Lister Costin ever built has been looked after by world-leading Lister Jaguar aficionados Pearson Engineering for more than three decades.
The car’s recent successes include victory in the 2019 Stirling Moss Trophy, the leading international race series for late Fifties sports cars. In the final race of the championship, at Portimao in Portugal, BHL 135 finished more than a lap ahead of the field.
Renowned historic racer Chris Ward drove the car a full second a lap faster than any other Lister he has ever competed in, cementing BHL 135’s reputation as the ‘fastest Lister in Europe’.
The car has been scrupulously and continuously maintained by Pearson Engineering with no expense spared. It was comprehensively prepared for the 2020 historic race season, including complete crack testing of the engine, transmission, chassis and all major components, but was not raced during 2020.
Complete with valid FIA HTP (Historic Technical Passport) papers, BHL 135 is ready to compete in blue riband events such as the Goodwood Revival, Le Mans Classic and The Classic – Silverstone at the turn of a key.
Powered by a Jaguar 3.8-litre engine, the Lister Costin’s sublime driving manners won praise from the highest possible quarters, including double F1 World Champion and Indy 500 winner Jim Clark, who commented:
“The handling of the car was fabulous. At Gerard’s Bend at Mallory, you could set the car up, going into the bend hard and get round the corner without touching the steering again. If you wanted to come out tight, you just put your boot in it, the tail came round, and it was a matter of driving it round on the throttle the whole way. That really taught me quite a bit about racing, particularly about controlling the car by the throttle.”
Just fourteen Costin-bodied production cars were made by Lister, and BHL135 was the final one. Lister chassis number BHL 136 was a fixed-head coupé, which finally utilised the space frame chassis designed by Frank Costin.
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