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Car Dealer Live 82: Lister Motor Company owner Lawrence Whittaker

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Lister Motor Company owner Lawrence Whittaker chatted about the remarkable car maker when he was Car Dealer Live’s guest on August 7.

The Lister story began in 1890 when George Lister set up his own engineering business, but it was in the 1950s when the firm with Brian Lister in charge really became world famous.

During the ’50s Maserati- and Bristol-engined Listers won a number of races all featuring hand-rolled aluminium bodywork, but it was the firm’s partnership with Jaguar that really put the company on the map.

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The Lister Knobbly and Costin cars were hugely successful in whatever race they contested in the late-1950s, especially with the likes of Archie Scott Brown and Stirling Moss at the wheel.

In the 1980s and ’90s, Lister, by now in the hands of Laurence Pearce, entered another famous era with the Storm model becoming hugely successful in UK and European GT races.

Lawrence Whittaker and his father assumed the helm in 2013 to take Lister into another era with continuation versions of models such as the Knobbly and highly tuned versions of current Jaguar models.

Host James Batchelor and Whittaker discussed all of this, and you can watch the full interview by clicking on the image at the top of this story.

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James – or Batch as he’s known – started at Car Dealer in 2010, first as the work experience boy, eventually becoming editor in 2013. He worked for Auto Express as editor-at-large and was the face of Carbuyer’s YouTube reviews. In 2020, he went freelance and now writes for a number of national titles and contributes regularly to Car Dealer.

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