High bid of $1,600,000 at 2017 Mecum : Monterey. (did not sell)
Chassis #: BHL102
After fire destroyed Jaguar's Brown Lane factory in 1957, Jaguar quickly turned to Brian Lister to produce the successor to the D-Type with Jaguar supplying the mechanical components and the full support of their competition department. This new car featured a stunning aluminum body designed to cover the tall Jaguar twin cam engine yet minimized the car's frontal area. It was this clever design that earned it the nickname 'Knobbly.' When Jaguar alerted American Briggs Cunningham to the forthcoming Lister-Jaguar, he went directly to Lister's workshops in Cambridge and soon owned the first two cars, Chassis BHL 101 and BHL 102.This car is BHL 102, and was delivered to Cunningham just in time for the 1958 12 Hours of Sebring.
Lister-Jaguar BHL 102 is powered by a 3800cc Jaguar engine. It raced at the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1958, driven by Ed Crawford, but failed to finish due to engine problems, and after traveling just six laps.
The car raced in early May of 1958 at the Virginia International Raceway, driven by Ed Crawford, and finished 1st overall and in class. At the Cumberland National Races in Maryland, just a few weeks later, Crawford drove the car sixty-one laps to an impressive 2nd overall. The following month it was brought to the Bridgehampton Race Track where Crawford secured another 2nd overall. Later that month it raced at the Elkhart Lake National Sports Car Race and finished 1st Overall, and First in the Class C-Modified. Lime Rock was next on the schedule, and it was another fruitful outing for Crawford, who captured another victory. At Montgomery Airport in New York, Crawford made it 39 laps before and engine fire forced him to retire. The damage was repaired and the car was brought to Watkins Glen where another victory was scored.
Lister-Jaguar BHL 102 was driven by Phil Forno at the 1959 Road America Elkhart Lake race to a fourth overall and a third in class. The following day it won the Harley J. Earl Trophy with Ed Crawford and Walter Hansgen driving.
Cunningham would go on to win the 1958 SCCA Championship with 11 victories in 16 races between his two Lister-Jaguars. BHL 102 was campaigned by the Cunningham team, unquestionably one of the greatest American racing institutions of all time, from 1958 - 1960, winning multiple races with drivers Ed Crawford, Briggs Cunningham, John Fitch, Walt Hansgen, Stirling Moss and Phil Forno. Since being sold by Briggs Cunningham at the conclusion of the 1960 season, BHL 102 has continued to race extensively in the five decades since.
2017 Mecum : Monterey
High Bid (Lot was not sold)
(Data based on Model Year 1958
Vehicles That Failed To Sell1958 Lister Costin's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
|Vehicle||Chassis||Event||High Bid||Est. Low||Est. High|
|1958 Lister-Jaguar Knobbly||BHL102||2017 Mecum : Monterey||$1,600,000|| || |
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