Ant Anstead’s Building a Special brings the Haynes story full circle, coming 61 years after the original Building a 750 Special was written by John Haynes, Haynes Publishing’s founder, when he was still a schoolboy.
This book is a TV tie-in, following the 12-part TV series Ant Anstead Master Mechanic, aired on Motor Trend, part of the Discover Network in the US and UK, following Ant Anstead's build of his own-design 'special' car, taking inspiration from the Alfa 158 – the first World Championship-winning F1 car, which raced from the 1930s until the 1950s. The 12-part TV series followed Ant's build of the car, from the first design ideas, through the construction, culminating in the debut of the car during the 2019 US Grand Prix weekend in Austin, Texas.
The book follows Ant's personal build of the car, from the selection of the donor MG TD for the chassis, and Alfa Romeo Spider for the engine and gearbox, through modifying the chassis, building the suspension, steering, brakes, bodywork and interior, and putting all the components together to produce a finished one-off 'special.'
Ant Anstead is a car nut and TV presenter whose presenting credits include For The Love Of Cars and Building Cars Live. He is currently co-presenter of Discover Channel's Wheeler Dealers, alongside Mike Brewer, and recently had his own Motor Trend Series – Ant Anstead Master Mechanic – around which this book is based
Vehicles may have changed beyond recognition since the first manual was created in the mid-1960s, but the same painstakingly detailed approach to producing accurate and trustworthy repair advice has not. Each car, truck and motorcycle is stripped down and rebuilt, capturing every important step-by-step task along the way. Haynes Manuals provides DIY friendly techniques repair solutions for millions of people to safely and successfully maintain and repair their vehicle.