Ferrari 250 GT SWB ‘Breadvan’
The story behind this one-off Ferrari 250 is as bizarre as its looks. It was built as a eff-you to Enzo Ferrari himself, after the Ferrari supremo refused to sell any of his shiny new 250 GTOs to an aristocratic race team owner named Count Giovanni Volpi.
Volpi had been poaching Ferrari’s best and brightest engineers for his own endeavours, and this didn’t go down at all well with Enzo, who barred the count from purchasing Maranello’s latest, greatest racer. Ouch.
Incensed, Volpi commanded his outfit to convert his old 250 SWB into a GTO-beater. A more powerful V12 was fitted, lower down and further back in the chassis, while the rest of the car went on a chronic weight-saving mission. Finally, the rear bodywork was drawn back into this weird square tail, to give the car slippery aerodynamics down the Mulsanne Straight at Le Mans. Journalists quickly nicknamed it ‘the Breadvan.’
Entered into the 1962 edition of the famous 24 hour race, the shooting brake Ferrari charged past every 250 GTO in the field, until it was crippled by a broken driveshaft after seven hours and had to retire.
The car may have failed its quest win Le Mans, but it proved it was way faster than a GTO, and the world has seen some pretty special takes on the breadvan theme since then.