X

E-mail This Listing.



Recipient's E-mail

Subject Line

Your Message


Required


We promise to take care of your email address.

X

This Car Has Been Saved

To view your saved cars close this window, then Click "Saved Cars" above.

  • 0 Saved Cars

Register an account to save your searches for more than 30 days.


1959 Lister Racecar

CALL FOR PRICE CALL FOR MILEAGE
Scotts Valley, CA
Insurance Quote

Go Back
1959 Lister Racecar | 2328381 | Photo 1 Full Size
1959 Lister Racecar | 2328381 | Photo 1 Thumbnail
1959 Lister Racecar | 2328381 | Photo 2 Thumbnail
1959 Lister Racecar | 2328381 | Photo 3 Thumbnail
1959 Lister Racecar | 2328381 | Photo 4 Thumbnail
1959 Lister Racecar | 2328381 | Photo 5 Thumbnail
1959 Lister Racecar | 2328381 | Photo 6 Thumbnail
1959 Lister Racecar | 2328381 | Photo 7 Thumbnail
1959 Lister Racecar | 2328381 | Photo 8 Thumbnail
1959 Lister Racecar | 2328381 | Photo 9 Thumbnail
1959 Lister Racecar | 2328381 | Photo 10 Thumbnail
1959 Lister Racecar | 2328381 | Photo 11 Thumbnail
1959 Lister Racecar | 2328381 | Photo 12 Thumbnail
1959 Lister Racecar | 2328381 | Photo 13 Thumbnail
1959 Lister Racecar | 2328381 | Photo 14 Thumbnail
1959 Lister Racecar | 2328381 | Photo 15 Thumbnail
1959 Lister Racecar | 2328381 | Photo 16 Thumbnail
1959 Lister Racecar | 2328381 | Photo 17 Thumbnail
1959 Lister Racecar | 2328381 | Photo 18 Thumbnail
1959 Lister Racecar | 2328381 | Photo 19 Thumbnail
1959 Lister Racecar | 2328381 | Photo 20 Thumbnail
1959 Lister Racecar | 2328381 | Photo 21 Thumbnail
1959 Lister Racecar | 2328381 | Photo 22 Thumbnail
1959 Lister Racecar | 2328381 | Photo 23 Thumbnail
1959 Lister Racecar | 2328381 | Photo 24 Thumbnail
1959 Lister Racecar | 2328381 | Photo 25 Thumbnail
1959 Lister Racecar | 2328381 | Photo 26 Thumbnail
1959 Lister Racecar | 2328381 | Photo 27 Thumbnail
1959 Lister Racecar | 2328381 | Photo 28 Thumbnail
1959 Lister Racecar | 2328381 | Photo 29 Thumbnail
1959 Lister Racecar | 2328381 | Photo 30 Thumbnail
1959 Lister Racecar | 2328381 | Photo 31 Thumbnail
1959 Lister Racecar | 2328381 | Photo 32 Thumbnail
1959 Lister Racecar | 2328381 | Photo 33 Thumbnail
1959 Lister Racecar | 2328381 | Photo 34 Thumbnail
1959 Lister Racecar | 2328381 | Photo 35 Thumbnail
1959 Lister Racecar | 2328381 | Photo 36 Thumbnail
1959 Lister Racecar | 2328381 | Photo 37 Thumbnail
1959 Lister Racecar | 2328381 | Photo 38 Thumbnail
1959 Lister Racecar | 2328381 | Photo 39 Thumbnail
1959 Lister Racecar | 2328381 | Photo 40 Thumbnail
1959 Lister Racecar | 2328381 | Photo 41 Thumbnail
1959 Lister Racecar | 2328381 | Photo 42 Thumbnail
1959 Lister Racecar | 2328381 | Photo 43 Thumbnail
1959 Lister Racecar | 2328381 | Photo 44 Thumbnail
1959 Lister Racecar | 2328381 | Photo 45 Thumbnail
1959 Lister Racecar | 2328381 | Photo 46 Thumbnail
1959 Lister Racecar | 2328381 | Photo 47 Thumbnail
1959 Lister Racecar | 2328381 | Photo 48 Thumbnail
1959 Lister Racecar | 2328381 | Photo 49 Thumbnail
1959 Lister Racecar | 2328381 | Photo 50 Thumbnail
X

CONTACT DEALER

Canepa

(888) 715-2112

X

Success

Your e-mail has been sent.

You will be sent a copy of this email to the email address you provided.

OK

1959 Lister Racecar

Originally raced by Briggs Cunningham's infamous \"Team Cunningham\"
Raced by Stirling Moss, Walt Hansgen, Briggs Cunningham, Ivor Bueb, Bob Grossman
1959 SCCA C-modified national championship winner
Four 1st place finishes in 1959 while being piloted by Walt Hansgen
Class win at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
Major restoration by Canepa to return to period-correct condition
Engineered by Brian Lister, body developed by Frank Costin

In all of vintage racing, there is no more desirable or collectible category of cars than the front-engine sports racers that ran in international and SCCA competition from the mid 1950s into the early 1960s. As a group, they embody the beautiful shapes, wonderful sounds, and exhilarating performance that defines historic racing.

During that era probably the most respected and successful independent manufacturer was Lister of Cambridge, England. In the early 50's, out of a personal love for racing, Brian Lister steered his third-generation engineering and fabrication company into building race cars. Beginning with MG and Bristol powered sports cars the young team immediately made a mark on the European racing scene. After a fire at Jaguar's Browns Lane Plant destroyed the competition department in February 1957, Lister was there to pick up the pieces and take advantage of the lack of competition. One prototype was built, along with 12 production race cars with only three of these being powered by a Jaguar engine. This Lister-Costin Jaguar, the second of the 12 cars produced, is one of the rare Jaguar-powered cars.

In 1957 Lister presented its first Jaguar-powered sports racer to the world of racing which received a large amount of success due to the capable hands of skilled driver, Archie Scott-Brown. British Petroleum, Lister's sponsor, had been searching for some large-displacement racing cars that would go up against Aston Martin and the Ecurie Ecosse Jaguars, both sponsored by the Esso Petroleum corporation. Lister's first batch of race cars went to the legendary US-based Team Cunningham to both race alongside and eventually replace their aging D-type Jaguars. American racer Briggs Cunningham was undoubtedly one of the most important figures in postwar sports car racing, leaving his profound mark on the entire world of racing as a driver, team owner, and constructor.

1959 would be the year that Brian Lister decided to restyle the initial bodywork. While the original bodywork did its job well, Brian left that it was leaving something on the table, especially in straight-line speed. Famed aeronautical engineer Frank Costin was hired to redesign the entire bodywork. Having designed bodywork for the 50's era F1 cars (and influencing front-engine Grand Prix cars for years to come), Costin was the perfect fit that designed an effective, elegant, and timeless design.

Chassis BHL 123 is arguably one of the most historically important and best-kept examples of the entire run of both the Costin and Knobbly-Listers. Powered by a 3.8-liter Jaguar DOHC inline six that produced an estimated 300hp, paired to a 4-speed manual transmission, and 4-wheel independent suspension with 4-wheel disc brakes, it was an advanced beast indeed. BHL 123 was first purchased by Briggs Cunningham for his legendary racing team and prepared by team chief mechanic Alfred Momo. Its inaugural race was the 1959 12 Hours of Sebring, piloted by the legendary Sterling Moss alongside ex-Jaguar works racer Ivor Bueb, with Russell Boss brought on as a relief driver. With the Cunningham racer on the starting grid in 2nd place, the team's optimism was high. While in 3rd place, Stirling Moss made a scheduled pit stop and keen to get back into the race left before the fuel tank was full! After a number of laps later, disaster struck. The Lister ran out of fuel on the track. Stirling Moss made his way back to the pits to grab a can of fuel, but was disqualified for hitching a ride on one of the marshal's motorcycles. Had he not had outside help, he may have gotten the fuel back to the car and finished the race!

Later in the 1959 racing season, Walt Hansgen took the Lister down a far more successful path. Taking wins at the Virginia International Raceway, Cumberland International Races, Bridgehampton and Watkins Glen, along with another second place and 4th place finish. His fantastic 1959 racing season finishes allowed him to clinch the 1959 SCCA C-modified national championship. Briggs Cunningham also personally raced BHL 123, taking third place at Thompson Raceway.

In 1961, the Costin-Lister was purchased by well-known eastern US sports car dealer and racer, Bob Grossman. Grossman later sold the car to Phil Forno, who raced the car with co-drivers Ed Crawford and Dick Thompson. In the mid-1970s, it was campaigned by Tony Crossingham. Later it was sold to William Symons, who then sold the car in 1983 to Chris Drake. BHL 123 then returned to America where Dean G. Watts purchased and restored the car, then traveling back to the UK around 1990 after being purchased by Dan Margulies, who registered the car with FIA Historic paperwork. The car had a few more owners before returning to the US and joined the Silverman collection in 2000. Around this time, The Vintage Connection in Oklahoma City performed a restoration on BHL 123, which was later refreshed in 2008 and 2009. While in Silverman's hands, the Costin-Lister regularly challenged other competitive sports racing cars, such as Ferrari 250 Testa Rossas, Jaguar D-Types, Maserati 300Ss and Aston Martins.

To view this car's complete history, please visit for more info and photos.

 
 
1959 Lister Racecar
X

CONTACT DEALER

Canepa

(888) 715-2112

X

Success

Your e-mail has been sent.

You will be sent a copy of this email to the email address you provided.

OK
(888) 715-2112
CALL DEALER
X

CONTACT DEALER

Canepa

(888) 715-2112

X

Success

Your e-mail has been sent.

You will be sent a copy of this email to the email address you provided.

OK
(888) 715-2112
CALL DEALER

Canepa Featured Inventory

View Entire Inventory
X

CONTACT DEALER

Canepa

(888) 715-2112

X

Success

Your e-mail has been sent.

You will be sent a copy of this email to the email address you provided.

OK

Top Cities for Lister Racecar

Racecar in San Francisco- 2 Listings

Racecar By Year

1959 Racecar- 2 Listings

Top Cities for Lister Racecar

Racecar in San Francisco- 2 Listings

Racecar By Year

1959 Racecar- 2 Listings