What better to do with a 550 Maranello than make a Shooting Brake from it?
Remember the name Neils van Roij? He was the designer behind the Tesla Shooting Brake created last year, and now he's had another crack at a two-door estate. Although this time it's rather more exotic...
As can probably be gleaned from the pictures, it's a car that pays homage to the iconic Ferrari 250GT Breadvan from 1962, raced at Le Mans in period and frequently seen at historic events today. Interestingly it's being built from a 550 Maranello of the 90s, the idea being that there's a spiritual link between it and the regular 250s of 50 years ago. And while values have of course climbed noticeably in recent years, it's still cheaper to get hold of (and hack apart) a 550 than some of the later V12s.
Until now various renderings have previewed different looks for the 21st century Breadvan, some arguably more successful than others. But with 2019 upon us, a design has seemingly been decided on - see the Facebook page for a few more details - the build has reportedly commenced. Unsurprisingly every single panel of the car is going to be replaced, even at the front end where the car looks most similar to the donor vehicle, but with aim to retain the "essence" of the 550M.
It's a fascinating project, one that evokes the spirit of coachbuilding's glory days, and a car we'll be following closely. There are weekly updates coming on van Roij's Instagram page, with the Breadvan said to be completed in the summer. It's one way to make an entrance on the concours lawn, that's for sure...
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