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 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.
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
Price new: Well the conversion cost £77,000...
Price now: €50,000
See the original advert here