RE: Lister-Jaguar XJS Le Mans: Spotted

RE: Lister-Jaguar XJS Le Mans: Spotted

Wednesday 21st February

Lister-Jaguar XJS Le Mans: Spotted

Seven point-oh reasons why there's no replacement for displacement...



No, your mind isn't playing tricks on you, it was only a couple of weeks ago that we last featured an XJ-S as a Spotted. That car was a 3.6-litre straight-six, though, and this one, well, this one has nearly double the displacement - and twice the cylinders.

In fact, this one isn't really an XJ-S at all, so different is it from the car on which it was based. You see, Lister's cars may seem extreme by today's standards, but long before it was putting 675hp in F-Types, things were wilder still.


The Le Mans took the 5.3-litre V12 of the standard XJ-S, bored it out to 7.0-litres, added four more fuel injectors and throttle bodies, Cosworth conrods and specially forged pistons, and fettled the engine management system, and then bolted on two superchargers. This for a final output of over 600hp. In 1990. Not only is that figure more than double what the standard car produced, it's 120hp more than a Ferrari F40.

The crankshaft was nitride hardened to handle the increased power, and new bearings and an uprated oil system were introduced. With the ratios of the manual(!) gearbox appropriately prepared, a top speed north of 200mph was reported. Obviously, the brakes and suspension required upgrading too, and wider tyres were necessary to keep everything under control.

Then we come to the looks. Inside a - red and cream, in this case - leather cabin added some luxury to the loutishness, but outside it was just brutally beautiful. So ugly that it dropped off the face of the chart, returning around the dark side and reappearing somewhere at the top to sit alongside much more conventionally striking cars. The front end is an abomination, as is the rear, but combine them with those wheel arches, the sills, the rims - and this colour - and from the three-quarter angles it's just perfect.


And the cost of this perfection? Well the conversion alone, sans the donor car, would have set you back £77,000 in 1990 - the equivalent of around 175,000 of your 2018 pounds, or the current value of this 997 GT3 RS. Today, Man Maths tells us it's a snip at just £44,000 - the same as this 718 Boxster. A GT3 RS for the price of a Boxster? You're welcome, internet.

So, while it's for sale in Luxembourg, this is a right-hand drive car. It's a rare curio, a true british bulldog and a bonafide bargain, just waiting for a PHer to return it to its rightful home. Go on, you know you want to.


SPECIFICATION - LISTER-JAGUAR XJS 7.0 LE MANS

Engine: 6,995cc twin-supercharged V12
Transmission: 6-speed manual, rear-wheel drive
Power (hp): 612@N/Arpm
Torque (lb ft): Many
MPG: Very few
CO2: Come again?
First registered: 1990
Recorded mileage:12,000
Price new: Well the conversion cost £77,000...
Price now: €50,000

See the original advert here

 

 

 

 

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Hairymonster

Original Poster:

350 posts

41 months

Wednesday 21st February
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Looks like a Turkish brothel on the inside!

AndySA

879 posts

199 months

Wednesday 21st February
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Wow, have loved these since I 1st read about them as a student back when they were new! Really wish I had the cash available. So stupendously ugly that it is beautiful.

Sebastian Tombs

1,170 posts

128 months

Wednesday 21st February
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Mad, and splendid.

I always wondered what the rear screen was from. Anyone know?

BRR

1,475 posts

108 months

Wednesday 21st February
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What an absolute beast, properly ugly but all the more awesome for it

generationx

2,022 posts

41 months

Wednesday 21st February
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An absolute monster: Love it!
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Gameface

5,917 posts

13 months

Wednesday 21st February
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Something of a bargain.

I'd wager turning up to a PH meet in one of these, would see it being the most popular car there.

Very cool.

stuckmojo

1,936 posts

124 months

Wednesday 21st February
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I love that. The photo of that engine looks like a bomb maker made it absolutely impossible to figure out

redhanded

6 posts

13 months

Wednesday 21st February
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Athena Poster perfect. Might need a new phone.

mooseracer

388 posts

106 months

Wednesday 21st February
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Given the price of a lot of cars from that time, this seems like a proper bargain.

Cambs_Stuart

326 posts

20 months

Wednesday 21st February
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What an insane car. How much is the lottery jackpot?

shoestring7

5,699 posts

182 months

Wednesday 21st February
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Are there really throttle bodies on that engine?

SS7

Plug Life

945 posts

27 months

Wednesday 21st February
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What is the Yards Per Gallon value?

markoc

1,078 posts

132 months

Wednesday 21st February
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ooooh, that is superb. I've always had a soft spot for these

cloud9

Valgar

846 posts

71 months

Wednesday 21st February
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Considering some of the overpriced crap available on the second hand market this is an absolute bargain

hurstg01

2,569 posts

179 months

Wednesday 21st February
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Monstrously beautiful, even with the cleft-lip bonnet

I'd buy one in a heartbeat and park it next to a late 70's BRG Lagonda, a Koenig Competition Testarossa Spider in deep blue and a beige Austin Princess [ok, the last one is a little "out-there" but still......]

smile

Krikkit

13,523 posts

117 months

Wednesday 21st February
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Point of note, I don't think that's the twin-supercharged one, "just" the 7.0L N/A one.

See below for the engine bay of a twin-supercharged car as sold by Silverstone a couple of years ago:


https://www.silverstoneauctions.com/jaguar-lister

Jual Mass Flywheel

2,667 posts

91 months

Wednesday 21st February
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Love it. As a side those wheels remind me of the old Heuschmid Saabs.

Keith R

98 posts

171 months

Wednesday 21st February
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Hairymonster said:
Looks like a Turkish brothel on the inside!
How do you know? Well someone had to ask.

nicfaz

235 posts

166 months

Wednesday 21st February
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Epic and awesome - right up there with F40's and Countach's in terms of '80s mad supercars but without the mad price tags.

HardMiles

176 posts

22 months

Wednesday 21st February
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Fannytastic, always loved them. Still mad numbers even today. If I had the coin I’d buy it right now. What is there not to like? A road going monster, with luxury to boot. Need a lottery win!