The greatest longtails… in the world
Le Mans is almost upon us. Time to pay tribute to some of the maddest-looking racers to take on the 24 hours…
Posted: 14 Jun 2013
1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB ‘Breadvan’
In the 1960s, if you made sports cars to go racing you made a bunch, kept some for yourselves, and some to sell. Enzo Ferrari was king of this, but being a difficult bugger would regularly fall out with his customers. And his staff. He did both in 1961 and one customer, a rich boy by the name of Count Giovanni Volpi, found himself on the wrong side of Ferrari and as a result found his name wasn’t on the list for a 250 GTO when they gave them out in 1962.
Instead, and determined to beat Ferrari and the GTO at Le Mans, he hired a self-styled aerodynamic whizz, disciple of the German aerodynamicist Wunibald Kamm and sometime racer Piero Drogo to create a Le Mans special based on the GTO’s predecessor: the 250 GT SWB.
Although ostensibly smarter and considerably lower than the GTO, the Kamm-tail ‘Breadvan’ was proof of the old racing adage that if it looks good, it is good; although it didn’t finish, it was ahead of the GTOs when it retired.