Ant Anstead is a British car builder and designer, who became popular for his restoration projects on TV car shows “For the Love of Cars” and “Wheeler Dealers”.
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Early life and family
Anthony Richard “Ant” Anstead was born on March 28, 1979 in Plymouth, Devon, England. He spent most of his childhood in Ely, Cambridgeshire, then the family moved to Hertfordshire when he was 10. Growing up, he loved building things and getting his hands on anything that needed repair, and said he must have been a nightmare about it to his parents. He has three brothers, but nothing else is known about his family.
He completed his secondary education at Richard Hale School in Hertford and completed his A levels at Haileybury School near Hertford.
Ant did not want to pursue further education at a university, so he joined the Hertfordshire Constabulary at the age of 18 and was subsequently stationed in Bishop’s Stortford. Because the Corps was understaffed, he was the only one assigned in the area and said he had to grow up quickly during his two years there. Ant was then transferred to Cheshunt Police Station in the Borough of Broxbourne, then at the age of 23 made the Tactical Firearms Unit (TAU) of Welwyn Garden City, becoming one of the UK’s youngest armed officers.
It was during this time that he faced life-threatening situations and realized what man is capable of. He was assigned to a hiding place and spent time with John Duffy, the serial killer and rapist dubbed the “railroad killer” by the media.
His decision to become a police officer was something he never regretted because he loved being a police officer. However, he left the police force in 2005 after eight years for various reasons, the most important of which was the birth of his daughter. He made the choice to take another job, saying, “After all, you only get one life.” In his eight years of service with Her Majesty, he received two commendations for bravery.
Passion for car building and restoration
His interest in cars started when he was a young boy, playing with Lego and Airfix kits.
He was 16 when he built his first off-the-shelf car kit, so he knew he wanted to build cars long before he got his driver’s license, and knew he could make money from it since he was 18. went looking for a classic car he could buy, repaired and renovated it and then sold it again – he worked on it between the police services.
When he left the force, he focused full-time on auto building and restoration to earn a living. He built recreational cars first, then replicas. Most of the cars he later built were made to order, each custom made to suit the owner’s preferences, including the seating position, pedals and handlebars to ensure it would be perfect for the frame and size of the car. the customer. This means that every car he made was unique and comes with a photographic build diary.
It was also registered in the UK and went through all the testing to ensure it met the necessary standards set by the UK Government. He had a team that worked with him on the cars, but has said that over time he developed his own skills by being hands-on with his projects. He started working for Evatta Motor Company Limited in Hertfordshire in February 2009, after which he became a partner and director.
“For the love of cars”
In 2013, he was approached by Love Productions to become a TV presenter for English actor and car enthusiast Philip Glenister, doing what he loves most, restoring cars. “For the Love of Cars” was a show where they looked for British cars to restore, followed by a test drive before auctioning them off at the Coys in Kensington for the first series, and at the National Exhibition Center (NEC) in Birmingham for the second series.
I never RANT on social media! But this has made me FURIOUS!
Woke up to find this dumped on our drive! And I think I know who did it. 😤😤😤😤😤😤😡😡😡🤬 pic.twitter.com/AVsKP55d9W
— Ant Anstead (@AntAnstead) April 30, 2020
It premiered in the UK on Channel 4 in April 2014 and ran for two series for a total of 15 episodes, with the last one airing in June 2015; in November 2016 a special was shown. It was a huge success and people were impressed by how natural he was on camera as it was his first time being on a show. He said he was dealing with real fear, such as ‘standing in front of someone armed’ when he was a police officer, and that made it easy to be in front of the camera, adding: ‘That’s where I remember myself always on, and how lucky I am to do what I do.’
His next TV show was in 2015 on BBC Two’s “Building Cars Live” alongside James May and Kate Humble, in which they went to one of the largest car factories in Britain to broadcast and talk about the science and engineering of cars.
2016 was also a busy year for him as he had several shows, including Channel 4’s “The World’s Most Expensive Cars”, which he presented solo. He also tried to co-host shows that had nothing to do with cars, such as BBC Two’s documentary ‘Chinese New Year: Biggest Celebration on Earth’ with Kate Humble; “New York: America’s Busiest City”, a NYC docuseries; and “Craft: I made this.”
The show has been on air since 2003, with car dealer Mike Brewer and mechanic Edd China, with the basic format of Brewer buying a car and Chithena making repairs or improvements on a fixed budget and then selling it. Ant joined the show in 2017, replacing China for series 14 and 15.
His most recent show was Motor Trend’s “Ant Anstead Master Mechanic” (2019), in which he paid tribute to the Alpha Romeo 158 Formula One car by building his own race car in just 12 weeks using spare parts and donor cars.
Ant wrote the children’s book entitled “Petrol Head Parenting: The Essential Guide to Diagnosing and Nurturing a Petrol Head” with the illustrations by Noah Elias, published in January 2018. Ant also wrote “Cops and Robbers: The Story of the British Police Car”, on the history and development of British police cars, published in May 2018.
Anstead married Louise in 2005 after nine years of dating and they have two children together, Amalie who was born in 2003 and Archie who was born in 2006.
They separated in July 2017 and were officially divorced in October of that year.
It was in 2017 when Ant called Christina from the hit reality show ‘Flip or Flop’ on the phone and they talked for almost half an hour, and after two days when he was in Las Vegas for a car show, he FaceTimed her and they talked more than two hours. Two days later, the two met for the first time and started dating; they have been inseparable ever since. They married on December 22, 2018 at their home in Newport Beach, California — only 70 of their family and closest friends attended the wedding. The intimate ceremony with the theme of winter wonderland was kept secret even from their guests, thinking they were invited to watch the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade.
Their children were part of the ceremony as each prepared a small speech, and Archie and Amalie were Ant’s best man/woman. They have a son together named Hudson London, who was born on September 6, 2019.
Who is Christina Anstead?
Christina Mursinge Haak was born on July 9, 1983 in Orange County, California. Working in the real estate industry after college, she met Tarek El Moussa in 2005 and married him in 2009. They have children together namely Taylor born in 2010 and Brayden in 2015. The couple owned a real estate agency, The El Moussa Group. Together with their business partner, Pete De Best, they started flipping houses in 2010 and splitting the profits.
In 2011, Tarek, with the help of his friend, filmed the entire process of house flipping and sent the tape to the production company, Pie Town Productions, who loved it. HGTV signed Tarek and Christina in 2012 to do “Flip or Flop” for 13 episodes, where they would buy a house, fix it up, and then flip it in each episode. They were paid $10,000 per episode during the first season. The show was a success and they kept doing it.
The couple announced they split in December 2016 after an incident in May when a 911 call was made about a man with a gun who officials say may have been suicidal. They apparently had an altercation, and Tarek left the house to go for a walk “to blow off some steam,” taking a firearm with him to protect himself from wild animals, not harm himself.
A helicopter was deployed to locate him on the mountainside. He dropped the weapon when the police asked him to. The couple released a statement saying that it was all a misunderstanding and that the police were called in as a warning.
Tarek filed for divorce in January 2017 and it was finalized a year later in 2018; they have joint custody of their children. They continued to work together in “Flip or Flop”, which has been renewed for its ninth season and is expected to air in August 2020. The El Moussa Group would be dissolved.
Christina starred in her own show, “Christina on the Coast,” which showed her renovating her best friend’s house since high school, and published in the pilot episode, followed by doing other people’s homes in South America. California. The first broadcast was in May 2019 and the second season premiered in January 2020.
— Michael Starr (@StarrMSS) May 21, 2019
Interesting facts and rumors
- When Ant was 14, he unsuccessfully tried to power his wooden soapbox with a lawnmower bought at a local market.
- He participates in car racing and plays football in his spare time.
- His first car was the classic two-seater sports car, MG Midget – he wants to launch a campaign to find it.
He is 1.8 m tall, weighs 81 kg and has an athletic build. He has gray hair and green eyes.
Ant is a car builder and restoration expert, owns his own business and has worked on several shows. He has an estimated net value of more than $6 million as of May 2020 according to sources. Christina’s net worth, on the other hand, was estimated at $15 million as of May 2020.
- 1 Early life and family
- 2 Education background
- 3 Career
- 4 Private life
- 5 Interesting facts and rumors
- 6 Appearance
- 7 Net value