Wed, 27th Jul 2022 13:00

Pavilion Gardens, Buxton

  Lot 4

1983 Lister Jaguar XJ12 HE Saloon
No Reserve

Sold for £1,800

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: GBC 1V (formerly TJW 909Y)
Chassis No: SAJJBALW3CC354296
MOT: None

  • Supplied new to Exeter Machine Tools, parent of The Forward Engineering Co Ltd, which first resurrected the Lister Jaguar brand in the early 1980s
  • Much development work by Forward Engineering and BLE Automotive Ltd culminating in a class win at Donington Park during 1984 with Ian Exeter (BLE's MD) behind the wheel
  • Subsequently used and enjoyed as a fast road car
  • Current family ownership since 1990 and now in need of restoration

Lister’s Jaguar-powered sports racers in both ‘Knobbly’ and ‘Costin’ guises did much to uphold British prestige on the international stage in the time between Jaguar retiring the D-Type and Aston Martin refining the DBR1. Despite Brian Lister ceasing his competitive efforts after Rootes commissioned him to prepare two Sunbeam Tigers for the 1964 Le Mans 24-hours, the Lister name – especially in association with Jaguar – still had a powerful allure for enthusiasts some two decades on. Renowned for his expertise with Jaguar engines, Ron Beatty of Forward Engineering joined forces with John Lewis and Ian Exeter to form B.L.E. Automotive which in turn revived the Lister Jaguar name but this time for road cars. Focusing its efforts on Jaguar’s magnificent V12 engine, B.L.E. Automotive converted a small number of XJ-S V12 Coupes and XJ12 Saloons before handing the Lister Jaguar baton over to WP Automotive of Surrey.

Supplied new via Reeve & Stedeford to Exeter Machine Tools (Forward Engineering’s parent company) on 8th April 1983 and first registered as ‘TJW 909Y’, this notably early Lister Jaguar road car was serviced by Forward Engineering and then B.L.E. Automotive from 17,106 miles in 1983 up to 79,413 miles four years later. Reported to have won its class in a production car race held at Donington Park during 1984 with Ian Exeter of B.L.E. Automotive behind the wheel, the uprated XJ12 was sold to Arnold Tool & Die Ltd of Surrey the following January. Last main dealer maintained by H.A. Fox of Guildford at 97,970 miles on 6th April 1989, the Sports Saloon entered the current family ownership on 6th February 1990 at c.106,000 miles. Re-registered as ‘GBC IV’, the four-seater’s most recent MOT test was seemingly on 16th November 1991 at 120,407 miles. Not run for many years, the modified XJ12 currently displays some 123,785 miles to its odometer. Surely worth saving, this appealing Lister Jaguar is offered for sale with V5 Registration Document and book pack.


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Auction: Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, Wed, 27th Jul 2022


Tuesday 26th July 2022 from 12pm to 6pm
Wednesday 27th July 2022 from 9am

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