2003 - 2005

The idea of founding a new car manufacturer at the same time as designing a car has now matured in Luca Mazzanti’s mind.

The concept behind this brand would, however, be different from other car-makers: Luca is determined to restore the glorious past of the small Italian car manufacturer of the ‘60s within a modern company with solid foundations.

The examples of firms Luca has in mind are those he worked with on a daily basis during the restoration of unique masterpieces. His idea is to restore and update the concept of the car which belongs to a long tradition. And so, together with Walter Faralli, Luca made the first sketches for a car that would be known as the “Antas”, to be produced under his own brand (known at the time as Faralli & Mazzanti – F&M Auto).

The Antas established a blueprint that would become the starting point for many other cars to be imagined and created by Luca in the future. The Antas’s mechanics were inspired by the Maseratis of the 60’s and in many ways the car is like a bridge between the past and modern times with the classic style of body showing modern features with Mazzanti’s style.

The Antas project continued on into 2005 with all its parts, including the body, the chassis and so forth being entirely hand-made in aluminium during the evenings or at weekends in order not to take time away from the restorations which remained the mainstay activity of the business.