Lister gradually faded away from view after its roaring success in the 1950s and 1960s. The company’s comeback car was a 200+ mph supercar based around the Jaguar XJS in 1986 and overseen by engineer and new owner Laurence Pearce. The XJS project’s starting point was boring out the V12 engine out from 5.3 liters to 6.0, setting it up for a 0-60 mph time of 4.5 seconds. That made it faster than a Ferrari Testarossa. Then, in 1989, Lister created the twin-supercharged 7.0-liter Le Mans specification with 600 hp.
Only 25 owners out of 90 with a Lister-Jaguar XJS Le Mans got the 7.0-liter upgrade. Still, all 90 had the Jaguar slushy automatic transmission replaced with a five-speed manual Getrag unit, uprated steering, a suspension system with adjustable gas-filled Koni dampers, and a revised rear subframe arrangement. The Le Mans models also came with an aggressive body kit and 17-inch wheels. They measured 13-inches wide on the back and 10-inches wide on the front.