Thankfully, the driver escaped with no injuries.
It's always sad to see a beautiful supercar involved in a severe crash. The sleek and dramatic bodywork is reduced to an amalgam of tortured metal and shattered glass, reducing what was once an automotive sculpture into nothing but scrap. Our hearts ached when we got news of a Ferrari SF90 that has been abandoned after a nasty accident and we shed a tear for the F40 that sustained damage on a European hill climb.
But a recent incident involving the one-of-a-kind 250 GT SWB Breadvan eclipses both. Over the weekend, thousands of spectators flocked to see the unique Ferrari strut its stuff at the Le Mans Classic. What they didn't bargain on seeing, however, was the Italian thoroughbred being shunted into a tire wall in spectacular fashion.
Piloted by Lukas Halusa, it appears the one-of-one Breadvan lost control when entering a corner. Unfortunately, there's no footage leading up to the crash but cameras caught the Ferrari flying over the rumble strips before colliding with the tire wall. Thankfully, Halusa appears to have escaped the wreck unscathed - but the same can't be said of the 250 GT.
From the footage captured by Motorsport.tv, it's clear to see the Ferrari has sustained damage to the right side of the vehicle. The front quarter panel is particularly worse for wear, but the passenger door appears to have taken the brunt of the impact, detaching from the elegant bodywork. We can't see the rear, but it's safe to assume the signature Breadvan shape has been battered considerably.
Tragic it may be, there is a silver lining. Firstly, it's nice to see a car such as this being used the way it was intended (something that can't be said for many exotics). The Breadvan is no garage queen and enjoys spirited outings at motorsport events. This isn't the first time it's been damaged. As seen above, the Ferrari received some battle scars back in 2015 and has since been repaired.
Valued at around $30 million, it's unlikely the Breadvan will be put out to pasture. We look forward to seeing it return to the racetrack where it belongs, battling period rivals for victory. Produced in 1962, chassis number 2819 GT was designed to compete at the 24 Hours of Le Mans but a failed driveshaft put the rare classic out of contention.
The shape has inspired some to create their own rendition. Niels van Roij Design created the 550 Maranello Breadvan Hommage you see below and, while not as bewitching as the original, it's still a spectacular piece of design.