Here's a rare chance to buy a brand new, street-legal classic 1950s race car

If you have a tendency to drool when you see awesome cars, get a towel ready. The Lister Motor Company, one of the most famous British racing marques, has brought back a winning FIA Appendix K class current spec racer from the late 1950s and announced a limited run continuation build of street legal versions of the 1958 Lister Knobbly.

In the early 1950s, the Lister MG started racing with a modified MG 4-cylinder engine, winning its first race in 1954. Looking to boost power, Lister tried a Maserati engine in 1956 but soon switched to a 3.8-liter inline 6-cylinder Jaguar engine. That engine and car’s distinctive bodywork referred to as “knobbly” evolved into the 1958 Lister Knobbly.

Lister produced other models in the interim since the late 1950s, including the Lister Storm based on a 12-cylinder Jaguar engine that was converted to a hybrid race car in 2005. Lister announced a new model in 2013, a $3.2 million 1,000 horsepower hypercar.

To celebrate the company’s anniversary in 2014, Lister built 10 1958 Works Lister Knobbly 60th Anniversary Editions built to meet FIA racing standards. But it is the latest Lister model that is causing excitement.

The new 1958 Lister Knobbly model is a street-legal car that is essentially the same vehicle manufactured in 1958. The car has a tubular chassis made from the original engineering jigs — structures that both hold the parts in place while they are being worked on and ensure the fit and fittings are in the correct places. The Knobbly has hammered aluminum body panels the company says to take about 500 hours to beat into the correct shape.

The six-cylinder Jaguar 3.8-liter engines and four-speed transmissions are almost identical to those used in the 1950s. The engines are built from original Jaguar blocks with new remanufactured parts.

The engine looks and runs like the original, but don’t think that the performance pales by any measure. According to Lister, the “new” 1958 Knobbly is rated at 330 horsepower and can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds and reach a top speed of 181 mph.

There are a number of changes in the road-ready version of the Knobbly. Lister states the most notable changes were carefully integrated into the original design. Major changes include a collapsible steering column, rollover protection, turn-signal indicators, side repeater flashers, and a rear fog lamp. The cars also have brake fluid and low fuel level warning lights, a sunken fuel filler cap, rearview mirrors, and a ratchet handbrake. Instead of a windscreen the Knobbly now has a wind deflector, and the wheel spinners have been removed so you won’t slice pedestrian shins or knees if they get too close to the car when it’s moving. (The car pictured below built for a single customer has wheel spinners.)

Lister is building only 10 road-ready Knobblys, with two six-cylinder engine choices. If you order the car with a 4.2-liter the price is about $291,000. Equipped with the even-more-original 3.8-liter motor the Knobbly costs about $381,000.

According to Lister, the new street-legal car is the first of “more future road-going Lister models, too.”


Tesla will release fully self-driving cars in 2019 — with a big asterisk

Tesla reaffirmed its goal of releasing a fully self-driving car by the end of 2019, but it warned the system won't work perfectly 100 percent of the time. Convincing regulators that it's safe to use will require some effort, too.

Aston Martin’s next hypercar, due in 2021, will pack a hybrid powertrain punch

Aston Martin will follow up the Valkyrie and Valkyrie AMR Pro with a new hypercar, code-named Project 003. The car will debut in 2021, with production limited to 500 units worldwide.

Mercedes lets the sun shine in one last time with SLC Final Edition convertible

The Mercedes-Benz SLC convertible sports car is going out of production. Launched in 1996 as the SLK, the model has been a fixture in the Mercedes-Benz lineup across three generations.

Audi is advancing the tech that teaches cars to talk to traffic lights

Audi is teaching its cars the language of traffic lights. The company developed technology that tells motorists what speed they should drive at in order to catch as many green lights as possible.

Mamma mia! Alfa Romeo will unveil a new model at the Geneva Auto Show

Alfa Romeo told Digital Trends it will unveil a new model at the 2019 Geneva Auto Show. It stopped short of revealing what it has in store, but rumors claim it will be a crossover positioned below the Stelvio.

Citroën says you could drive its tiny Ami One electric car without a license

Citroën's Ami One concept car is an electric vehicle that's as cute as it is compact. The miniature motor only has a top speed of 28 mph, so the French automaker imagines it as a shareable runaround for short drives.

Arizona city slammed with $10M lawsuit over fatal Uber autonomous car accident

The family of Elaine Herzberg, the woman struck and killed by one of Uber's self-driving prototypes, has filed a $10 million lawsuit against the city of Tempe, Arizona. They claim Herzberg jaywalked because she was confused by a brick…

Apple opens up about its self-driving car program in letter to NHTSA

Apple has traditionally kept details about its self-driving car technology under wraps, but it has revealed details about the program in a rare instance of openness. The company takes safety seriously.

Consumer Reports bumps the Tesla Model 3 off of its list of recommended models

The Tesla Model 3 is one of the six new cars that have lost their coveted Recommended rating from Consumer Reports over reliability concerns. In 2018, Model 3 owners reported body trim falling off and problems with the car's glass.

Lyft’s Shared Saver service offers cheaper rides, but you’ll have to walk a little

Lyft has launched a new ride option called Shared Saver that offers cheaper rides if you're willing to walk a little. Shared Saver designates a nearby pick-up point and drops you off a short distance from your final destination.

Has Apple rebooted its self-driving car program to develop autonomous vans?

The on-again, off-again Apple car is back on track, but it's not a sedan or a hatchback. It will arrive as an electric, autonomous passenger-carrying van, according to a recent report.

Waymo’s self-driving prototype obeys a traffic cop’s hand signals

One of Waymo's self-driving prototypes successfully navigated a situation that leaves even some human drivers confused: An intersection whose traffic lights are down. It waited for the traffic cop to wave it on.

Kia is bringing a bionic-looking electric concept car to the Geneva Auto Show

Kia wants to hog the spotlight at the 2019 Geneva Auto Show by revealing a head-turning electric concept car. The yet-unnamed model reaffirms the brand's commitment to electrification, while taking design and performance to new levels.

Audi taught cars to talk to traffic lights, and they’re set to be even chattier

Audi started teaching its cars the language of traffic lights in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 2016, and it has continued to expand the reach of this technology ever since.