Bear in mind the 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB that was constructed particularly to assault the manufacturing unit 250 GTO race vehicles at Le Mans? Oh wait, you may understand it higher by its nickname: ‘Breadvan’ … just a little offensive as this was one of many quickest race vehicles within the early Sixties. Examine this wonderful automobile intimately in our earlier article: ‘1962 Ferrari 250 GT Breadvan’.
Again in 1961, there was a little bit of bother on the Ferrari headquarters, Enzo’s spouse had a dispute with a number of excessive positioned staff, and it triggered a lot of them to go away the corporate altogether, amongst them Giotto Bizzarrini and Carlo Chiti. Each of them joined the most important Ferrari race group of the time: Scuderia Serenissima, owned by Rely Giovanni Volpi of Misurata.
Scuderia SSS had two Ferrari 250 GTO on order for his or her 1962 racing season, a automobile that was developed with the assistance of Bizzarrini when he nonetheless labored at Ferrari … Enzo was zo offended with the latter going to work for Scuderia SSS that he canceled the order, so no race vehicles for the group … now what?
Giotto Bizzarrini and Carlo Chiti managed to pay money for a contest constructed Ferrari 250 GT SWB, chassis 2819GT, and set to work on making a masterpiece. Including dry-sump lubrication, reducing the engine into the chassis, and shifting it 12cm to the again … however extra importantly, they created a completely distinctive design for the physique of this ‘Breadvan’.
Piero Drogo and his coachbuilders modified the unique 250 GT SWB physique fully, an extended nostril with aggressive air intakes, a clear dome over the intakes, and essentially the most distinctive function: a roof that went all the way in which to the again, solely to be completed in a vertical panel to the underside of the automobile, taking the aerodynamic concept of Dr. Kamm to the rear of this automobile.
It turned out the ‘Breadvan’ would outperform the opposite Ferrari GTO at Le Mans persistently in 1962, rumored to be 7 km/h sooner on the Le Hunaudières straight, beating not solely the 250 GTO’s but additionally the 250 Testarossa fashions … sadly the ‘Breadvan’ wasn’t entered into the GT class at Le Mans, and much more unlucky, it has to retire after 4 hours on account of a damaged driveshaft.
The ‘Breadvan’ can be entered in additional races through the 1962 season, secured two GT wins and even set a observe report, however Rely Volpi couldn’t afford additional growth and ended up utilizing her as a every day driver … on a regular basis this automobile didn’t have any Ferrari badges thoughts you. The automobile would change fingers a number of occasions over the subsequent years, repainted in black at one time, restored a number of occasions throughout which the physique form acquired altered.
However in 2007, Dutch Coachbuilder Alwin Hietbrink took it onto himself to totally restore chassis 2819GT to her former, unique glory, simply the way in which she was made for the 1962 Le Mans race, full with the V12 engine nr. 942/62E and refinished in unique Rosso Corsa over a black inside with racing seats and multi-point seatbelt harness … right this moment this distinctive automobile is valued at over $20,000,000.
However there may be another choice now … a buyer of Niels van Roij Design loves this Italian one-off a lot, he requested to have his very personal coachbuilding venture created, taking a Ferrari 550 Maranello and convert it into the Breadvan Hommage, at no matter value … however belief me, it’s sure to be cheaper than getting the actual deal into your storage.
The Ferrari 550 Maranello was constructed between 1996 and 2002, and little over 3,000 had been constructed, however extra importantly, the 550 was the primary Ferrari V12 with the engine on the entrance after the 365 GTB/four from the Seventies … each new Ferrari V12 can be a mid-engine mannequin earlier than the 550 was unveiled, so this was the right candidate for the Breadvan Hommage.
However the activity of making a contemporary interpretation of the 1962 race automobile wasn’t straightforward for Niels van Roij, because it concerned restyling your entire donor automobile from entrance to again, together with the inside, in the long run, we’ve been instructed solely the windshield remained of the unique 550, and this primarily for sensible reasoning in case a alternative can be wanted, because the proprietor of this one-off intends to drive it commonly.
Your entire venture begins with sketches, varied designs to point out the client, and goes backwards and forwards till a ultimate choice is made, after which that sketch will get changed into a clay mannequin … on prime of the particular donor automobile, that had been stripped fully by now and acquired an area body skeleton to carry the clay.
Van Roij: “A automobile is a posh, three-dimensional sculpture, which has to look proper from all angles and beneath totally different gentle circumstances. Like sketching, the clay modeling course of is iterative and the Breadvan Hommage was reshaped many occasions, to get it spot on. After establishing the right proportions the seek for sophistication within the surfacing, or pores and skin, began: discovering the proper subtleties for transitions from one aspect to a different. It consists of exterior graphics just like the richly sculpted air vents on the entrance fenders. The physique of the Breadvan Hommage was hand-beaten by coachbuilder Bas van Roomen. Bas additionally labored on the clay mannequin of the Breadvan Hommage. Solely the windscreen of that automobile remained OEM and it was painted in one of many eight specifically designed reds.”
For the inside Van Roij simply couldn’t go away the unique 550 Maranello seats and dashboard in place, he did maintain the bottom of the seats, because the donor 550 got here with the uncommon, light-weight, carbon-fiber seats, however Van Roij changed the upholstery with beautiful blue Alcantara, as seen in lots of Ferrari 250 GTO of that period (little element, the unique Breadvan had a black leather-based inside…).
However he didn’t cease there … the dials had been restyled with a font paying homage to the one used on the Sixties, and the central tunnel, the decrease components of the door, and your entire headliner from the windshield right down to the rear was made from black, quilted leather-based to recall that feeling you get in a real basic automobile.
That focus to element continues on the door playing cards, you pull them shut with a small, blue Alcantara part, however there may be additionally a big, aluminum half on the door, left naked … no topcoat, no superb ending, you possibly can nonetheless see the hammer strikes to present you that uncooked, race automobile feeling … the identical aluminum was used to form the outside by the way in which. Opening the door entails pulling a purple twine inside this aluminum encompass … again to fundamentals for positive.
There isn’t any phrase on pricing for this one-off, bespoke construct, and Niels van Roij confirms there is not going to be a second Breadvan Hommage constructed, this automobile will stay a novel automobile on the highway and on the observe …