Words & photos - Daniel Bevis
It's tricky to pigeonhole exactly what the Evanta Barchetta is. I guess the best way to describe it is as a brand new classic car. That's not to say that it's a cheap retro pastiche or a thrown-together kit car, of course - Evanta build bespoke motors for the world's richest collectors. Their head honcho is Ant Anstead, that lovely bloke from For the Love of Cars. Their GT model is a sort of modernised Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato, their TC-R1 is a premium interpretation of the Aston DBR1, and this one, the Barchetta... well, it's a very exciting thing indeed. It's Evanta's first full in-house design, and it's really rather special.
A two-seater speedster that unashamedly borrows the styling cues of 1950s coachbuilders, the Barchetta is a fusion of classic techniques and modern materials. The body is hand-crafted in the traditional manner, with composite Kevlar panels formed over a tubular frame. Under the bonnet is a 450bhp 6.2-litre Chevrolet LS3 V8, providing more than enough grunt to worry any contemporary supercar that may try it on at the lights, and yet this modern power, coupled with exemplary handling, is always reminding you of more sepia-tinted times. The interior, for example, features an old-timey crackle finish on the dash surround; the trim is diamond-quilted like a Ferrari 250 TdF, the cigarette lighter still has a picture of a cigarette on it. It's a classic car in all senses of the word, aside from the fact that it's, er, brand new.
So what does all this bespokery cost you? Well, around £125,000 to you, sir. Although that's a rough figure, as it's bespoke. If you want a diamond gearknob or a supercharger they can probably accommodate.
Drop 'em a line if you have the cash to splash - as well as being all sorts of fun, it'll be a pretty good investment.
Spotted at the 2015 FoS - more pics here.