In the early 1990’s Callaway pretty much owned the Corvette tuner market thanks in part due to their RPO B2K option offered by GM. To compete with the boys from Old Lyme, Lister of North America built a select number of Corvettes to challenge Callaway’s dominance. Coming up in April, you’ve got a chance to own the very first Lister Corvette produced at Mecum’s Houston auction.
Lister’s lineage dates back to the 1950’s when their shapely cars dominated European road racing. Flash forward 40 years and mix in a C4 Corvette and you get the 1993 Lister Corvette being offered as Lot 123 out of the Lynn Wardley collection next month in Houston, Texas. The bright yellow C4 is serial number 1 of only three built by Lister of North America.
According to Mecum’s listing the Lister Corvette outperformed both the Callaway Speedster and the ZR1 in comparison tests. It was capable of 12.2 second 1/4 mile blasts. The edge in performance came largely via a Vortech supercharged 383 CI engine parked under the clamshell hood. The 600+ horsepower motor used the original LT1 block, Lunati steel crank and rods, and Air Flow Research cylinder heads in addition to many other miscellaneous bits. All that juice was routed through a 6-speed manual transmission tied to a Doug Ripple Motorsports 4.09:1 rear end. Forward velocity was arrested by 4-wheel disc brakes lifted from the ZR-1. All that zoom is wrapped up neatly in a Lister body kit featuring fixed headlights, integrated side pipes, and a Corvette SS-esque headrest tucked behind the driver’s seat.
As you’d expect a rare piece like this has done its fair share of magazine duty including a cover spot in Corvette Fever in addition to articles in Vette, Motor Trend, Super Chevy and V-8 Power magazines.
About 3 years ago a shiny coat of yellow pearl was applied over the factory Yellow for what is described as “a show quality finish and is perfect for any parade or car show.”
Mecum’s Houston auction takes place April 4th – 6th in Houston, Texas at the Reliant Center. Velocity will have live TV coverage April 5th and 6th.