The new F & M
auto project is the point of arrival on a road initiated by
Faralli & Mazzanti with the long restoration of “Barchettas”
and “Berlinettas” (touring cars) for the most prestigious
international markets, and their passing through the
complexity of work carried out on various models of the
Cisitalia 202, and the uniqueness and importance of
restorating of the famous Maserati 450 Coupé Zagata “the
monster”, the only model to be set up by Stirling Moss
during the 24 hours of Le Mans in 1957.
Lugnano-based F & M auto is also now at the point of
departure for new projects, such as the new Antas which
combines the knowledge acquired from being “master body
makers” and the stylistic inspiration of those who make
modern cars with an eye to the past. The Antas V8 GT is the
first “Berlinetta” created in their workshops. It is
completely inspired by the philosophy and material used in
the “special series” cars of the past: the body, for
example, is made of aluminium and completely built by hand.
It will be presented in public for the first time this
morning at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco, on the occasion of
the opening of the 'Top Marques Monaco' exhibition which
brings together under one roof all the most famous,
exclusive, prestigious and desirable automotive brands.
Antas is driven by a 310bhp V8 Maserati engine fed by
carburettors and endowed with a pleasing elasticity of
power, which gives the 'driver' the sensation of 'true'
steering typical of the great touring cars of the past.
Maximum speed is claimed to be 'above' 270km/h. Exterior
features include a flush-fitting petrol inlet flap set into
the rear screen, which is evoked by past Le Mans racing
cars, hand-crafted and embossed sill protection plates,
distinctive roof-mounted wipers that clear a split front
windscreen, a riveted bonnet with fasteners that has been
modelled on the famous Maserati Barchetta of the 1950s, a
tailgate-mounted tailfin that incorporates a television
camera, while the car's badges are made out of gold and
silver, fashioned by Goldsmith Tonino Camilli di Orvieto.
Inside, the cockpit is finished in soft, sumptuous hand-sewn
brown leather, that offers the driver maximum comfort.
Detailing interior features include a roof-mounted protected
ignition flick switch and engine starter button, a dashboard
LCD screen for the rear mounted visibility camera, and
continuing the use of precious metals, an
individually-numbered identification plate made out of
Because of all this, when the time came to name this
prototype a word was chosen that comes from the ancient
Tuscan language of the Etruscans: Antas, which means
'eagle', the noblest and most audacious dominator of the
Renown Italian automotive restoration experts
Faralli & Mazzanti will today at the Top Marques
exhibition in Monaco unveil the Antas V8 GT, a
Maserati-engined 'Gran Tourer' handcrafted using all
their historic skills.
On delivery, Antas comes equipped with a case
covered in blue velvet bearing another silver plate etched
with the car's identification numbers; while inside is a
photography book and a DVD documenting the construction of
project has been based on an in-depth study of the stylistic
evolution of the Italian automobile from the first years of
the 1930s to the end of the 1960s: The golden era in which
elements of style were created and developed, and even today
place their imprint on the most beautiful lines of
automobiles of the world.
Planning and construction was undertaken with the same
philosophy of attention to the best traditions. The first
drafts, in fact, were done on paper: Faralli initially
developed it in 1:1 scale, then traced the final lines,
always rigorously drawn.
was developed by computer; everything came from the heart,
from the imagination and the capable hands of experts. From
there, it moved to the constructive phase, and not even here
were involved machines managed by computers. First, in fact
a 'dummy' was constructed of iron tubes bent and modelled by
hand, then it was built on the aluminium frame, with the
same methodology of the great body makers of the past: the
light-weight alloy mags took form thanks to the precise
hammer blows of the artisan, who little by little
transformed a cold element of metal into a wrapped form or
into a decorative element of body.
technical basis of this prototype derives directly from
Italian grand touring cars of the 1960’s. The frame is a
steel box adequately reinforced and modified, on which was
mounted the model of tubes and sheet metal structure
supported on the hand-moulded aluminium frame welded
individually to the various components. Preparation and
sanding were then done by the expert hands of artisans who
prepared the body for painting, for which the best products
of the recent generation are used.
ANTAS V8 GT -