This is one of the most beautiful coachbuilt cars we've seen in a long time.
Dutch design house Niels van Roij Design has built some stunning creations in the past such as a Rolls-Royce Wraith Wagon and a Tesla Model S Shooting Brake, but this is arguably their best work yet and one of the most achingly beautiful coachbuilt cars we've seen in a long time.
For its latest project, Niels van Roij Design has reimagined the famous Ferrari 250 GT SWB Breadvan racer. Dubbed the "Breadvan Hommage," the one-off project is based on a Ferrari 550 Maranello and was built for "a true admirer" of the Italian brand who wanted an alternative to Ferrari's current GTC4 Lusso shooting brake.
Like the original Ferrari 250 GT SWB Breadvan built in 1962, this modern reimagining is strictly a one-off creation.
The original car was based on a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB and commissioned by Scuderia Serenissima to take on the new Ferrari 250 GTOs at Le Mans. Its aerodynamic bodywork and Kamm tail earned it the Breadvan nickname.
While the Breadvan Homage is still recognizable as a 550 Maranello, the front-engined supercar has been reimagined by coachbuilder Bas van Roomen with a bespoke, hand-beaten body featuring unique headlights, sculpted air intakes on the front fenders, and a bespoke quad exhaust system. A bevel has also been fitted around the roof and a clear bubble is placed on the hood as a homage to the original Breadvan. Apart from the windshield, every panel has been replaced or extensively modified.
Inside, the handmade interior features blue Alcantara carbon fiber seats, while the center console, lower door cards, and headliner are trimmed in quilted black leather. Elsewhere, the door panels feature an unpainted, hand-beaten aluminum element and the bodywork is also built on a single aluminum shell with no shut lines. Bespoke dials enhance the retro look and the Maranello's plastic switchgear has been replaced with milled aluminum.
Under the hood, the Breadvan Hommage retains the donor car's naturally aspirated 5.5-liter V12 engine producing 478 horsepower and 419 lb-ft of torque that enables the 550 Maranello to accelerate from 0-62 mph in 4.3 seconds. It's also slightly lighter than the 550 Maranello, which weighs 3,783 pounds, and rides on larger 20-inch wheels. Bespoke motorsport-spec Koni shocks round off the enhancements.
It's not known how much the client paid for this stunning Ferrari Breadvan tribute but considering it's a one-off and the quality of the craftsmanship it certainly wouldn't have been cheap.