London-based coachbuilder Niels van Roij Design has turned a Ferrari 550 Maranello into a stunning tribute to the 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Breadvan. Aptly dubbed the Breadvan Hommage, the project was first announced in January 2019, and this one-of-a-kind shooting brake is finally here.
Niels van Roij said it was a complex task to translate the essence of the legendary car into a contemporary design. He called the Breadvan Hommage a “new original” build, as it’s inspired by the legendary 1962 Breadvan but not limited by it. The chassis and the 5.5-litre naturally aspirated V12 front-mounted engine of the 550 Maranello are all kept in place, while a bespoke quad exhaust system and Koni shock absorbers push the standard even further.
Only the stock windscreen remains — the rest of the exterior work is new. The design process started with ideation sketches, then detailed renderings, then a clay model, and only after numerous reworks did the silhouette of the Breadvan Hommage emerge. The aluminium body panels of the Hommage were hand-beaten, allowing for the finest sculpted details, such as the air vents on the fenders and the unique headlights.
The handmade interior is mainly quilted black leather, with the carbon fibre seats finished in eye-catching blue Alcantara. The retro-styled aluminium dials and switchgear, as well the Italian flag and straps on the door, all connect the Breadvan Hommage with its original racing roots.