The Lister Bristol that went like a shot? Details matter.

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IN THE SPIRIT OF BOD AND JENKS

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Details matter.

Brian Lister with Archie Scott Brown in a Lister Bristol

In our track test of the final Lister Costin ever built, on page 100, a 1954 photo, above, finds company founder Brian Lister in conversation with Archie Scott Brown, who is behind the wheel of the first Lister Bristol. The car’s registration, MVE 303, is part of Lister folklore. It was chosen by Brian on a visit to the Cambridge vehicle licensing office, and refers to the .303 cartridge used by Lee-Enfield rifles, which Brian would have been familiar with from his post-war RAF national service. It was hoped, of course, the car would be as fast as a bullet.