Meet The Ferrari Breadvan Homage By Niels Van Roij
Italian auto manufacturer Ferrari are known globally for manufacturing high quality, breathtakingly beautiful and extremely fast exotic road cars. In fact to many car enthusiasts out there, if you are lucky enough to own a Ferrari you have reached the pinnacle of exotic car ownership. To a point this is true, however if you want to own the ultimate Ferrari, a Ferrari race car of yesteryear is where you want to be. Ferrari is a brand with a rich motorsport history and most of the racing machines built by Ferrari were pretty successful competition race cars in their day. As a result, finding a Ferrari race car of yesteryear is easier said than done and when one does surface for sale or auction, you will have to fork out an insane amount of money in order to make it yours.
So if you want a Ferrari race car of yesteryear but you have a budget to stick to, auctions and private sales are out of the question. So, what can you do? Well the simplest answer is to create your own version of the Ferrari racer of yesteryear that you so desperately want to own, and this is exactly what someone has done. To be more specific, UK based design studio Niels van Roij are currently in the process of creating a modern day homage to a rather unusual Ferrari racer of yesteryear, say hello to the Ferrari Breadvan Homage and doesn’t it just look fantastic?
The gorgeous Ferrari Breadvan Homage pays tribute to the original Ferrari 250 GT SWB Breadvan of 1962. Designed by Giotto Bizzarrini and Giovanni Volpi, the original Ferrari 250 GT SWB Breadvan was a one-off Ferrari racer that was built in 1962 using a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB as a starting point. The original Ferrari Breadvan features the chassis number: ‘2819 GT’ and it was created with one purpose in mind, and that was to compete against the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO at the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans and other FIA World Sportscar Championship (WPC) races. The original Ferrari 250 GT SWB Breadvan was owned and fielded by racing team Scuderia Serenissima, making it’s racing debut sporting it’s new Breadvan body style at the 1962 24 Hours Of Le Mans.
So then, it comes as no surprise to me that an enthusiast of the original Ferrari 250 GT SWB Breadvan would want to create a modern day homage to this unusual Ferrari racer of yesteryear. According to design studio Niels van Roij, the Ferrari Breadvan Homage will be based on a Ferrari 550 Maranello, and the finished product will be a re-bodied, V12 powered, one-off vehicle. Niels van Roij also noted that the only 550 Maranello component that will not be replaced is the windshield, while everything else including the new body panels will be created from scratch.
So why was an aging Ferrari 550 Maranello selected as the base for this project? According to Niels van Roij, the 550 Maranello made a great base for the Breadvan Homage project simply because the 550 Moranello features the same chassis configuration as that of the original Ferrari 250 GT SWB Breadvan, this means a V12 engine at the front and a proper manual transmission. The Ferrari 550 Maranello was also the very first Ferrari since the 365 GTB/4 Daytona, to have it’s engine mounted up front. So far, Niels van Roij have begun to disassemble the Ferrari 550 Maranello donor car. As a result, the 550 Maranello donor car has had most of it’s original body work removed, with the tubular space frame and V12 engine being the only two components that remain untouched.
Speaking of the new body, Niels van Roij will handcraft all of the new body panels out of aluminium, keeping certain design elements from the original 250 GT SWB Breadvan in the process including the curvy rear quarter panels and the almost vertical rear end. Unfortunately, we have no idea what the actual finished product will look like, as the images featured in this article are just the first sketches of this one-off Ferrari. It is believed that the styling of this Ferrari Breadvan Homage hasn’t yet been finalized as Niels van Roij are still trying out different ideas and solutions, including an all glass rear hatch and different bonnet/headlight styles.
Design studio Niels van Roij had the following to say regarding the Ferrari Breadvan Homage project. “We see it as a great privilege that we can honour the Breadvan through this Hommage commission. It is a complex task to translate the essence of the legendary original into a contemporary design. We intend to be inspired by the original, but will ensure we are not limited by it in our creativity”.
Unfortunately, Niels van Roij did not mention which Ferrari V12 engine would eventually power the Breadvan Homage or how much this one-off Ferrari will cost to create. However, Niel van Roij will share the progress of this project via their Social Media accounts every Friday so be sure to check it out. On a different note, I am very happy to see such a vehicle being created. We can only commend Niels van Roij on a job well done, the first sketches of the Breadvan Homage look fantastic and when the project is completed, we are absolutely certain that this one-off Ferrari will keep the legend of the original 250 GT SWB Breadvan alive for many years to come.
Stephen Parry is a keen car enthusiast and also writes his own blog at http://stevespeedza.blogspot.com