UK-based Niels vRoij design studio is working on a Ferrari Breadvan Hommage that’s being created for an enthusiast of the original long-roof version of the Ferrari 250 GT SWB.
The design studio has released the 1st sketches of the 1-off creation, which is going to be based on a Ferrari 550 Maranello. The process will include a full re-body of the V12 Supercar, with the studio noting that only the windscreen will remain the same.
The new coachwork will be made out of aluminum, evoking the styling of the original Breadvan race cars, including the shape of the curvy rear quarter panels and that of the almost vertical rear end.
The styling of this 1-off Breadvan has not been finalized yet as the studio is considering different ideas and solutions, including an all-glass rear hatch as well as different bonnets and headlights.
“We see it as a great privilege that we can honour the Breadvan through this Hommage commission,” said Mr. vRoij. “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”.
Niels vRoij chose the 550 Maranello as the base of its creation as it has the same chassis configuration with the original, meaning a V12 up front with a manual transmission. The 550 was also the 1st Ferrari with a front mounted engine since the 365 GTB/4 Daytona.
The design studio has already begun the process of stripping the donor car from its original bodywork, leaving just the tubular space frame and the V12 powertrain untouched.
Niels vRoij Design will report the progress of the project on its social media accounts every Friday, so follow him if you want to get up-to-date information on this classic build.
Here is the legend of Gary Wales’ original 1960’s Ferrari Breadvan s/n2819 from automotive journalist Wally Wyss.
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