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George Lister and Sons

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George Lister and Sons were a a sports car manufacturer in Cambridge.

1954 Company manager and racing car driver, Brian Horace Lister, brought out a series of sports cars with MG or Bristol engines.

1957 A Jaguar engined version was made called the Lister-Jaguar which saw success against the Jaguar D-types and Aston Martin of the era. 34 were made. However, the death of one-armed Lister driver, Archie Scott-Brown, soured the image of racing and the company ceased car building in 1959.

1968 The Lister company returned as Lister Cars Ltd based in Leatherhead, Surrey, with engineer Laurence Pearce, building approximately 90 tuned Jaguar XJSs. Success at this endeavour led the company to design a new sports racer, the Lister Storm. Launched in 1993 as a street version, it would use the largest V12 engine ever fitted to a production road car up to that time. The homologated street version of the Storm GT used a 7.0 L (6996 cc/426 in³) Jaguar engine.

More recently the company continues to build a track-only Le Mans-type prototype racer, the Lister Storm LMP, with a modified Chevrolet V8 engine.

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