It featured in the 1961 film The Green Helmet and raced at Le Mans in 1963.
Now, a historic Lister Jaguar like the one below is at the centre of High Court battle between two wealthy car enthusiasts who have spent hundreds of thousands of pounds in a wrangle over ownership of its registration mark.
Allen John Lloyd, of Mancetter, Atherstone, Warwickshire, and Swedish rival Stefan Svenby discovered in 2001 that they were both using the same registration mark - BHL126 - on their Listers.
But when they took their competing claims before the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in May 2001, it withdrew both men's right to use it.
Yesterday, Oliver Ticciati, for Mr Lloyd, asked Mr Justice Stanley Burnton at the court in London to grant him an injunction preventing Mr Svenby from displaying the number on his Lister Jaguar "Spaceframe" car.
Mr Ticciati claimed Mr Lloyd's 1959 "Costin" Lister Jaguar, for which he paid #120,000, was reconstructed from the bulk of the original's parts.
However, James Mellor, for Mr Svenson, said Mr Lloyd's car was a wreck for 20 years, during which time its right to bear the mark expired.
The case continues.