Frankfurt Auto Show: Game Changing Cars
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Encouraged by the considerable successes achieved with his earlier sports cars, in the later 1950s Brian Lister began to finalise plans for the production of the Lister-Jaguar "Knobbly" range, which was introduced for the 1957 season and further refined in 1958. At this time Lister was also becoming aware of the potential export market for large-engine sports cars in the new North American Pro-Series and, following suggestions from existing customers, he realised that a more powerful engine would be required to stay competitive in the States. Accordingly he began to modify a small number of chassis in England to accommodate the Chevrolet small block V8. The first five cars were dispatched in 1958, engine-less, to the US where they were supplied to dealers Carroll Shelby, Kjell Qvale and Seattle-based Tom Carstens, who had the cars fitted with their Chevy power plants.