HomePick of the DayRoaring replica Lister V8 roadster for genuine driving thrills

Roaring replica Lister V8 roadster for genuine driving thrills


Lister is legendary in the annals of motorsports, a low and lean sports car created in the 1950s by British manufacturer Brian Lister and incorporating Jaguar mechanicals, later adding Chevy V8s to the mix. Last year, the Lister Motor Car Company announced a continuation version of the Lister/Jaguar Knobbly race car. 

Whether one of the original Lister sports racers or new road cars, these get pretty expensive, as in dream-on expensive. But like Shelby Cobras and Porsche Speedsters, there are less-pricey replica alternatives, many varieties built by reputable manufacturers with all the style and performance of the originals.

The Lister has a road-hugging form

The Pick of the Day is a recently constructed 2017 Lister roadster replica said to be created from a design by renowned replica builder Chuck Beck and produced by the Avanti Motor Company. 

The seller, a Carson, California, classic car dealer advertising the sports car on ClassicCars.com, said the Lister is roadworthy and drives well.  And it should be stunningly fast.

‘This unique roadster is powered by a small-block Chevrolet 400-cubic-inch V8 that is meshed to a new T-10 4-speed manual transmission with hydraulic clutch and pedals, making it buttery smooth and very easy and enjoyable to drive,” the seller says in the ad.

A 400cid V8 is nestled into the tubular framework

“Other features under the forward-tilting hood are MSD ignition and distributor, Edelbrock aluminum heads, Edelbrock intake manifold, Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor, ceramic-coated long-tube headers, aluminum radiator with electric fan, new alternator, and a simple and minimal electrical wire harness.

“It weighs in at 1,800 pounds and does 0-60 miles per hour in 3.8 seconds.”

The fiberglass body rests on a Beck-designed tube chassis underpinned by a Corvette suspension, according to the ad. Stopping power is provided by four-wheel disc brakes, and the car rides on Halibrand-style “kidney bean” wheels. Gas is contained within an ATL racing fuel cell.

The LIster has a no-nonsense interior

Like replica Cobras and Speedsters, this Lister would be a constant head turner everywhere it goes, as well as providing lightning performance, and easy to own with its modern components. 

The asking price is $53,500, which sounds fair enough for what should be a massively enjoyable sports car. It should be easy to forget that it’s not the genuine article the first time you hit the throttle and roar out of a turn.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.


Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.


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