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Country of origin:United States
Introduced in:2008
Introduced at:2008 Los Angeles International Auto Show
Designed by:Anteros Coachworks
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:November 11, 2008
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Click here to download printer friendly versionIn 2002 father and son John and David Rothman set about reviving the classic art of custom coach building. In order to do so they established the very fittingly named company 'Anteros,' which was the ancient Greek for requited love, or literally 'love returned.'

They hired some of the greatest designers and sculptors on the west coast to help shape their dream into reality. The team was led by Franklin Burris, an Award Winning graphic design artist. He was assisted by conceptual design artist Don Johnson and sculptor John Allen. The design and sculpt process took the better part of 5000 hours.

The elegant two-seater body was shaped around the sixth generation Corvette chassis. The 'Vette is not just an obvious choice because of its high performance underpinnings, but also for it separate body and chassis. This makes it ideally suited for custom coach building purposes, unlike the monocoque chassis used for most modern cars.

During 2005 the very first Anteros was assembled. Dubbed the XTM Roadster, it was a full convertible. It would be part of a three car range, later to be expanded with the XTS Targa and the XTR Hardtop. Responsible for the construction of the Anteros was 'n2a motors.' The company's name is short for 'no two alike,' which matches the custom coach building principles of Anteros.

The Anteros XTM Roadster was first shown during the 2005 SEMA show and received universal acclaim. Since then the car has been shown at numerous events across the United States. In the mean time Anteros worked hard to get the XTM Roadster fully road legal as well as preparing the other two models.

By the fall of 2008 Anteros and n2a motors were ready to take orders. This next major step will be celebrated at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show in November. In addition to the three different body styles, Anteros also offers the Corvette engines in various states of tune, ranging from the 440 bhp base engine to a supercharged 600 bhp beast.

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