British start-up Ant-Kahn officially launches

Ant-Kahn barchetta
11 Jul, 2014 11:00am Jordan Bishop

London-based Ant-Kahn plans to launch coach-built and original models, including a modern take on the classic Land Rover Defender

Not content with making custom vehicles for use in Hollywood blockbusters, automotive fashion designer Afzal Kahn has now teamed up with Evanta founder Ant Anstead to launch a new car manufacturing and coachbuilding marque.

Somewhat unsurprisingly called Ant-Kahn, the British start-up wants to lead a homegrown revival in specialist vehicle manufacture, a drive underpinned by UK-based design and production centres.

These sites will use modern prototyping and manufacturing technology to develop original and coach-built models that the brand hopes will offer both luxury and quality.

The first Ant-Kahn project is due in the coming months. Dubbed the Flying Huntsman, it’s a new take on the classic Land Rover Defender.

An entirely original, albeit retro-styled barchetta will follow hot on the heels of this launch (pictured), and is currently scheduled to debut at the 2014 Goodwood Revival motor show over the weekend of 12-14 September.

Capping a busy end to this year will be a “completely restyled” Aston Martin WB12, and co-founder Afzal Kahn also confirmed future plans will extend “to series manufacture of motor vehicles”.