Underneath, It's a Jaaaag: The Lister LFT-C

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy
underneath it s a jaaaag the lister lft c

Remember Lister? It was the company that turned a Jag XJS into a 200 mph supercar thirty years ago. At the time, that Lister-Jag was capable of beating the coke-tastic Ferrari Testarossa in a drag race to 60 mph.

The company is very much still around, currently owned by UK outfit Warrantywise, and spends its time breathing upon modern Jags. Its latest? A version of the F-Type, fettled to produce a devilish 666 horsepower.

Taking a sawzall to the roof of its LFT-666 hardtop, the company has created a convertible capable of hitting 62 mph in just over three seconds on its way to a top speed of 205 mph. The the LFT-C receives the same bespoke wheels, suspension, and braking system as featured on the coupe.

Also of note is a custom exhaust system, tuned to uncork the big V8 and create a sound under hard acceleration not unlike that of the space-time continuum being ripped in half. Unnecessary and gratuitous downshifts in tunnels are mandatory in the LFT-C.

Each Lister convertible will feature exclusive carbon fibre body panels, designed and manufactured by Lister in the UK. Unique Lister additions to the Jag include a front bumper and splitter, rear diffuser and lip spoiler, rear extended wheel arches, plus a new grille design.

As for the company itself, its name may have faded from the memories of some gearheads on this side of the pond, but it is still very much a going concern in the UK. Lister Motor Company recently celebrated the opening of a new 25,000 square foot headquarters a couple of months ago in Lancashire.

In addition to the production LFT-666 and LFT-C models, Lister is also offering wheel and body enhancements for Jag F-Type models worldwide. Kits start at £9,750 for the Lister badge, bumper, and wheel upgrade. Pricey stuff.

Interested? As the irascible Ja Rule said in the first The Fast & The Furious movie, you’d better get in line. Just 10 LFT-C vehicles will be built, priced from £139,000.

[Images: Lister]

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  • Dukeisduke Dukeisduke on Mar 21, 2019

    Lister goes back a lot further than that - to 1954, and racing cars of the '50s powered by Bristol, Jaguar, and even Chevrolet engines.

  • Fordson Fordson on Mar 21, 2019

    You beat me to it - "wow - remember Lister from THIRTY years ago?"

    • Scott25 Scott25 on Mar 21, 2019

      Hey this article reaches ten years further than most do. Most people only know Lister because of the Storm from the 90’s.

  • Jeff S I did not know Plymouth had a full size van prior to the mini vans. I did know about the Plymouth pickups and the Trail Duster.
  • Arthur Dailey When I grew tired of the T-Bird trying to kill me by refusing to start at the most inconvenient times/places, I replaced it with a '79 fullsized Dodge (Sportsman) van. Similar to this but with a different grille and rectangular headlights. The 4 'captains' chairs in my van were pretty much identical to the ones in this van. Mine certainly was not as nicely finished inside. And it was a handful to drive in snow/ice. One thing that strikes me about this van is that although a conversion it does not seem to have the requisite dark tint on the windows.
  • Jeff S I am not a fan of Tesla and they were niche vehicles but it seems that they have become more common. I doubt if I get an EV that it would be a Tesla. The electrical grid will have to be expanded because people over the long run are not going to accept the excuse of the grid can't handle people charging their EVs.
  • AMcA The '70 Continentals and Town Cars may have been cousins to the standard body Fords and Mercurys, they didn't have to be disguised, because they had unique, unbelievably huge bodies of their own. Looking at the new 1970 interior, I'd say it was also a cost savings in sewing the seat. Button tufted panels like the 1969 interior had require a lot of sewing and tufting work. The 1970 interior is mostly surface sewing on a single sheet of upholstery instead of laboriously assembled smaller pieces. FINALLY: do I remember correctly that the shag carpet shown under these cars was a Photoshop? They didn't really go so peak '70s as to photograph cars on shag carpets, did they?
  • Inside Looking Out Toyota makes mass market cars. Their statement means that EVs are not mass market yet. But then Tesla managed to make mass market car - Mode; 3. Where I live in CA there are more Tesla Model 3s on streets than Corollas.
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