Do we really need to say any more than that? It’s more of the new Ferrari Breadvan Hommage by Niels Van Roij Design.
Based on a Ferrari 550 Maranello and given an extended tail to give it a Kamm back body style. Built to specifically resemble the 1962 “Breadvan” that was based on a 250 GT SWB and whose extended tail was designed by Giotto Bizzarini for Giovanni Volpi of Scuderia Serenissima.
The hommage does a really good job of recreating all of the original’s flourishes in the style of late ’90s Ferrari design language. The vents on the nose, for example, are pure Breadvan but expressed in the style of an F50. The tailpipes, too, take a cue from the original’s quad pipes, but they haven’t gone overboard and given it the full chrome trumpet treatment.
It’s double-decker nostalgia and I think it works. Maybe it’s just like how it’s harder to tell the difference between good and bad acting when you’re reading subtitles, but the ’60s design as expressed through the lens of ’90s design sands down the weird edges and bizarre anachronisms of a lot of modern retro rods.
Indeed, Niels van Roij says that he worked hard not to be too focused on recreation but focus instead on hommagery.
“We saw it as a great privilege that we were asked to celebrate the ’62 Breadvan through this Hommage commission,” says Niels van Roij. “We intended to be inspired by the original but ensured we were not limited by it in our creativity. The Breadvan Hommage is a new original.”
And that’s impressive as it may have been necessary. The company says that only the windshield remains of the original 550 Maranello. As we reported last week, when the Breadvan first launched, van Roij has had some practice getting shooting brakes right, having been behind the creation of a Model S and a Rolls-Royce Silver Spectre in the body style.
And since you’ve stuck around for so long, why not have a video of the original Breadvan in action. As a treat.