Ant-Kahn Evanta Barchetta In the Works

Remember the Aston Martin DBR1? It's a sports racer that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1959, the British marque's only outright victory at the most prestigious endurance race in the world. A number of replicas have been built over the years, but Afzal Kahn and Ant Anstead are working on the best one yet, which will bear the Ant-Kahn Evanta Barchetta nameplate.
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What you can see in the picture above is only a rendering of the finished product, slated to be unveiled on the 12th of September at the Goodwood Revival Motor Show. The Kahn Design founder and the man behind the Evanta boutique vehicle manufacturer have joined forces in order to come up with a bespoke modern reinterpretation of the legendary Aston Martin DBR1. Don't expect just another DBR1 replica 'cause the Evanta Barchetta is shaping up to be a pretty exquisite coachbuilt motor.

Even though the old school DBR1 is the main stylistic theme, the Ant-Kahn Evanta Barchetta draws a handful of visual cues from a few other special automobiles. Headlight design and the curvaceous front end of the bonnet are directly inspired from the Ferrari 250 Testarossa, while the aggressive riveted aluminum front grille traversed by two oblique bars is aesthetically similar to the modern Aston Martin DBR9 Le Mans GT1 racing car. As for the wraparound windscreen, that detail is inspired from the achingly beautiful Eagle E-Type Speedster.

Speaking of which, Eagle's flagship model will most definitely be the main rival of the upcoming Ant-Kahn Evanta Barchetta. Compared to the bespoke Eagle, the retro-inspired Evanta Barchetta will boast two more cylinders. Specifically, a 6.2L Chevrolet LS3 V8 mill expected to produce somewhere around 450 horsepower. The two-seat, open top roadster's body will be built from a very strong Kevlar composite. Thanks to its American-sourced grunt and lightweight construction, the Evanta Barchetta is hypothetically capable of hitting 60 mph in 4.5 seconds.

This coachbuilt extravaganza won't come cheap. The recently formed Ant-Kahn Ltd. company informs that production will be limited to just 16 units per year and a handful of customers have already dropped deposits. Price-wise, it's pretty obvious that this level of motoring doesn't come cheap. Therefore, we have a hunch that the least expensive model might set you back £200,000 ($342,325 or €251,410 according to current exchange rates). Expect official pricing to be released closer to the Goodwood Revival Motor Show in September.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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