We earlier reported that British specialist Lister was working on a new Knobbly roadster. Now, Lister owner Lawrence Whittaker has confirmed that the revived Knobbly will indeed go into production. Whittaker used his personal Twitter account and Lister's corporate Facebook page to announce, “NEW LISTER KNOBBLY - and yes, we will build it!”
The announcement was accompanied by a front-three-quarter beauty shot of the curvaceous new Knobbly. The long hood and short rear deck give a strong indication that, like previous Knobblys, it will likely have a front-mid-engine layout with rear-wheel drive.
Lister started out making Jaguar based road and racing cars in the 1950s. After decades of financial instability, the firm was purchased by Lister enthusiast Whittaker and his father Andrew in 2012. Two years later Lister started selling a continuation series of the Knobbly, built to original 1950s-era specification. Lister also sells performance-modified Jaguars, including an F-Type branded as the Thunder. An F-Pace SVR-based Lister Lightning SUV is also in the works.
No details on features or pricing for the modern day Knobbly have been released. It's probably safe to assume that the resurrected Knobbly will be based on Jaguar mechanical components, as previous Listers have been.AutoExpress reports, though, that the new car will be the first Lister in the company's history to be designed completely in-house.