January 12, 2017
The ten most eccentric Ferraris: No.9 – The Ferrari 250 ‘Breadvan’ 0
Ferrari – a brand synonymous with motoring excellence, class, style and power. Over the years we’ve been treated to automotive masterpieces that have gained as much reverence amongst enthusiasts as the scribblings of their fellow countryman Leonardo da Vinci. However, it would be true to say that not all Ferrari’s offerings, are on the same levels as say, the Testarossa or the F40. Today we continue our look back at some of the more eccentric offerings…
The Ferrari 250 ‘Breadvan’
The 250’s roots were born from an argument. In 1961, Enzo Ferrari took the drastic step of sacking the majority of his top-level staff after they had asked his wife to keep out of company business. They promptly formed their own rival company and even poached Ferrari’s best client – race team Scuderia Serenissima.
Shortly after deserting Ferrari for the newly formed company, Scuderia wanted to purchase a new 250 GTO. They approached their former partners only to be petulantly refused by Enzo, clearly still smarting after the apparent betrayal.
The result of all this was Scuderia Serenissima asking Giotto Bizzarrini and Piero Drogo to design a ‘regular’ 250 GT SWB that would be as fast as a GTO, so they could compete in the Tour de France (the motoring equivalent of the more famous bike race).
It took only 14 days for Bizzarrini to deliver a car that was lighter, more aerodynamic than the GTO, with far better weight distribution and a trick six-carburettor setup. To top it all off, it was faster than the GTO.
It doesn’t take much of a leap of imagination to work out why the 250 was nicknamed the ‘Breadvan’, which will probably be the closest we ever come to there being a Ferrari ‘estate’…