Lister Picks The Costin As Its Latest Continuation Model

A couple of years ago, Lister launched a continuation model of the classic Knobbly race car, in a similar vein to Jaguar’s revived Lightweight E-Types. Now, Lister has announced its second revival model, this time based on the Costin.

The Lister Costin originally started out life as a Knobbly but received bespoke body work designed to improve its aerodynamics. It also received an aluminium body to help reduce weight and now, it lives again.

Although Lister hasn’t revealed how many units will be produced, it has been confirmed to feature a straight-six Crosthwaite and Gardiner engine delivering 337 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, enabling a 0-60 mph (96 km/h) sprint time of 4 seconds and a 170 mph (273 km/h) top speed.

Lister will use the same chassis jigs as the original and the engineers that created the Costin will aid in their construction, which, by the way, is quite similar.

Discussing the car, Lister chief executive Lawrence Whittaker said: “I’m absolutely delighted to reveal that we will be producing a run of continuation Costins. Brian Lister was ahead of his time by realising just how important aerodynamics were to performance – and who better to employ to design that super-sleek body than Frank Costin?

“As the last racing car to come from the factory in the 1950s, it’s a hugely important car to Lister, and the fact that it has become so successful in historic racing today shows how they got things right back in period.”

Each unit produced will set customers back 354,000 pounds (~$439,000), with an additional 12,500 pounds (~$15,000) required to make it road legal.


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