The Alfa Romeo 158 was the first car to ever win a Formula One race, at the inaugural meet at Silverstone in 1950. Only six 158s were ever built and the two remaining carry an estimated value in excess of 20 million dollars. ANT ANSTEAD MASTER MECHANIC follows Ant as he found time to take on this ambitious, special passion project during WHEELER DEALERS’ summer hiatus and before his baby boy arrived earlier this month.
In ANT ANSTEAD MASTER MECHANIC, Anstead is using donor cars, a bunch of spare parts, handmade items, whatever raw materials he can get, and some help from local skilled engineers, vendors and friends to help him build the Alfa Romeo 158. The series is done in a “warts and all” documentary style as Anstead interacts openly with a small MotorTrend crew that captured this special project. In a way not done on WHEELER DEALERS, viewers will get a window inside Anstead’s mind as he navigates the trials and tribulations of this truly one-of-a-kind automotive build. Viewers will also see a bit of what his life in America is like including: travelling with Anstead across California to find an original Alfa Romeo 158; his hosting of an Alfa Romeo event during Monterey Car Week this past summer; visiting legendary car designer Chip Foose and Chris Jacobs of MotorTrend’s OVERHAULIN’; and shop visits from his wife Christina Anstead.