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Peter Giddings Racing

1958 LISTER JAGUAR -- serial number BHL-112

Brian Lister got into sports car racing in a big way about 1954 with the Lister MG. Next, he used Bristol two-litre engines which gave more power and were quite successful in the two litre class. Lister then built a few cars using the Maserati six-cylinder engine from the A6GCS. For 1957, the Lister was upgraded again, with the inline six-cylinder engine from the Jaguar D-Type. This led to the "knobbly" body, which was designed to minimize frontal area with a low-set windscreen and bulges for the wheels and bonnet. This aluminum body was formed over a steel tube chassis with a wheelbase of 92 inches and track of 52/54 inches. Suspension was double wishbones and coil springs in front and a de Dion axle with twin trailing arms and coil springs in the rear.

The Jaguar D-type engine had a bore of 87 mm and stroke of 106 mm, giving a displacement of 3781 cc. With a compression ratio of 9 to 1 and three side-draft Weber 45mm DCOE carburetors, over 300 bhp was produced at about 6600 rpm. Road tests gave 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds, 0-100 mph in 11.2 seconds, and a top speed of over 140 mph.

BHL-112 is one of about 18 or so "knobbly" bodied Listers constructed. It was originally sold to Briggs Cunningham Racing and subsequently sold to Nickey Chevrolet in Chicago. Some time later, a 327 cubic inch Chevrolet engine was installed, but without disturbing the original Jaguar engine mounts. Tom McArthur raced the Chevy-engined car until about 1982. The car was then rebuilt by Jaguar specialist Jim Kaufman. During this rebuild, the Jaguar engine was reinstalled. The car was once again raced by Tom McArthur until his retirement about 1986.

Peter acquired BHL-112 in the late 1980s. During his ownership, the original king pins were replaced with stronger ones from Phil Reilly and the original Salisbury crown wheel and pinion assembly was rebuilt. The front A-arms were rebuilt and reinforced for safety. The pedal box was also extended due to Peter's long legs. In spite of this modification, the car was still very cramped for Peter's height.

Peter subsequently sold BHL-112 to Jaguar and Lister afficionado, Syd Silverman.

Lister Jaguar

Peter's "knobbly" Lister Jaguar BHL-112 along with enclosed Lister trailer.

Lister Jag in the yard

The Lister Jaguar outside Peter's shop.

Lister Jaguar

Front view of the Lister Jaguar.

Side View

A side view of the Lister Jaguar.


After being acquired by Syd Silverman the paint was changed from British Racing Green
to the blue and yellow shown here.