Range Rover tuner to reveal Aston Martin-inspired sports car at classic motor show, while also planning bespoke Land Rover Defender and Aston Martin replica

A new retro-styled two-seat sports car will make its debut at the Goodwood Revival in September.

The as-yet unnamed model is described as a barchetta, and will be launched under the Ant-Kahn banner. The firm is a collaboration between Kahn Design and Ant Anstead, who runs the niche vehicle manufacturer Evanta.

The new car is described as an ‘imagined’ open-top version of the ultra-rare Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato. The model is based on a tubular spaceframe chassis and powered by a detuned version of the 6.2-litre V8 LS3 engine. The body panels are made from a carbon composite material.

A single example of an earlier version of this barchetta, based on Jaguar running gear, was built in 2013 under the Evanta badge, and is currently on sale for £120,000.

Although the new Ant-Kahn may offend purists, the final car is claimed to be a close replica of a period Aston but with robust, modern mechanicals and will cost about £96,000.

This barchetta will eventually be joined by a related coupé, which will have unique styling inspired by Italian designs of the period.

Those models will be followed in 2015 by a completely restyled Aston Martin, which uses a bespoke aluminium body. Although it is still at the design stage, company founder Afzal Kahn told Autocar that his design has been greatly influenced by the Vanquish. He hopes that his reworking of a modern Aston has the kind of brutal, stand-out character that, he feels, the current line-up lacks.

Kahn told Autocar that the company’s first stand-alone model would be a ‘long-nose’ Land Rover Defender powered by a V8 engine driving a six-speed automatic gearbox.

Dubbed the ‘Flying Huntsman’, the Defender has an extra 400mm of bodywork inserted into the nose, just ahead of the windscreen. Under its bonnet is a 550bhp 6.2-litre General Motors LS3 V8. 

This engine, which is mounted close to the Defender’s bulkhead, drives a six-speed auto operated by push-button controls. The first prototype is currently being completed at the company’s Bradford HQ. 

Additional reporting by Darren Moss, 11 July 2014

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2 June 2014

'A completely restyled Aston Martin' that doesn't use any Aston parts and uses a Chevrolet/Vauxhall/Holden V8 isn't really an Aston Martin is it? In the same way that it is/isn't a Ferrari or a Cobra or a Facel Vega or a Porsche or a Jaguar or a Lister or a.Lancia or a ......?

2 June 2014

Given Kahn's usual MO, I'll put that one forward as understatement of the year.

Oh, and if you're going to the trouble of inserting 400mm into the length of a Defender, the cabin would be the more obvious place.

2 June 2014

Good news, kudos to Kahn for taking such a positive step.
Seen the Kahn Jeep in the latest Tom Cruise flick, so they must be doing something right.

2 June 2014

Having seen his efforts on other Aston Martins and Land Rovers I can only describe his efforts as hideous. However, the retro Aston Martin looks ok. Probably because it’s a rip off of DBR3 and it’s forbearers.

2 June 2014

Having also seen his efforts on other Aston Martins and Land Rovers I can only describe his efforts as inspirational.
If the products on his stand at the Geneva show are anything to go by - should be very appealing!

2 June 2014

The defender looks hideous, the whole things looks so out of proportion, and why need to give it such a long snout, it does it no favours, stick to chaving Sports and Evoque's and leave proper production the manufacturers

2 June 2014

Land rover defender also going to be like a super car. We can say Aston martin have much more luxurious interiors with less of a mentality of what can the driver do without in order to save weight.

2 June 2014

I agree with Macca - It's a feel good story with plenty of potential.

Slating a successful and personable entrepreneur's products just lacks class.

Kahn seem to benefit the UK economy by selling things that people want to buy, and that don’t harm anyone, for that they should be applauded, not ridiculed.

2 June 2014

I agree with Carman2 - It's a feel good story with plenty of potential. Slating a successful and personable entrepreneur's products just lacks class. Kahn seem to benefit the UK economy by selling things that people want to buy, and that don’t harm anyone, for that they should be applauded, not ridiculed.

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2 June 2014
Macca wrote:

I agree with Carman2 - It's a feel good story with plenty of potential. Slating a successful and personable entrepreneur's products just lacks class. Kahn seem to benefit the UK economy by selling things that people want to buy, and that don’t harm anyone, for that they should be applauded, not ridiculed.

What a waste of talented engineers. A thing of beauty should be no more difficult to design, engineer and manufacture. That they churn out such tasteless tat is wholly worthy of ridicule. And pity. I'm relieved that I know no-one who's sniffed enough glue to buy one of their monstrosities.

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