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News Ferrari 575 Transformed into Modern-Day Breadvan

Ferrari 575 Transformed into Modern-Day Breadvan

Box-back Ferrari V12

  • One-off hand-hammered to resemble 1962 Ferrari 250 GT Breadvan

  • So-called because of that massive rear boot


You’ve likely already seen the 1962 Ferrari GT Breadvan that turned an outdated car into a (then) modern aerodynamic wonder into a Kamm-tail handbuilt car that is one of the most gorgeous cars ever produced. After all, it’s still raced at events like the Goodwood Revival. This is a modern interpretation of the same idea, taking a long-hood, V12 Ferrari and transforming the rear into something completely different. It’s called the Breadvan Hommage, and it’s the latest work from Niels van Roij Design.

Van Roij is a Dutch designer who was worked behind the scenes for automakers in London before branching out to pen and construct high-end one-offs. Like a Tesla Model S shooting brake, a Rolls-Royce shooting brake, and a two-door version of the latest Range Rover called the Adventum.

His latest started back in 2018 and is finally ready, combining a Ferrari 575M with that tall rear hatch tail, designed and built as a one-off, for a buyer the company calls “a true enthusiast of the ’62” original.

When it comes to the bodywork, the only remaining piece is the windscreen. The rest is hand-beaten aluminum, based on a clay mould model. The paint colour isn’t a standard Ferrari red, but instead, one of eight shades Niels van Roij Design commissioned for the buyer.

It’s not to everyone’s tastes, for sure, with one of our own editors saying that the nose has too much Pontiac Sunfire for his tastes, and the tall rear certainly not appealing to everyone. But that doesn’t matter, because this is the dream of one well-heeled customer and one designer, who is clearly a fan of the long-roof car.

The transformation is thorough inside and out, with a bespoke interior featuring monogrammed gauge dials with silver inlays and a clock that reads “who cares!” in Italian. The seats are fitted with Alcantara in bright blue with quilted black leather covering much of the interior. The door panels feature a hand-beaten aluminum element like the exterior panels and there is a small embroidered Italian flag.

So admire the photos of this stunning six-speed V12, and watch the video of how it came to be.

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