Ferrari Classiche Issues Attestation to “Breadvan”

Ferrari 250 GT Breadvan at FioranoFerrari SpA recently issued an Attestation for vehicles of historic interest by the Ferrari Classiche department to the 250 GT Berlinetta passo corto (chassis 2819) nicknamed the “Breadvan.”

The special document, which has been available since 2009, is dedicated to Ferrari cars that, although they do not comply with the strict Ferrari Authenticity Certification criteria, have been deemed, as a result of their competition and/or international recognized show history, to be of historic interest. Amongst the cars of historic interest from Ferrari, the Breadvan is probably one of the most emblematic models, considering its peculiar configuration.

The Breadvan is a unique model and the result of a very particular story. The car left the factory in Maranello in 1961 as a 250 GT Berlinetta passo corto (short wheelbase) “Competizione”, participating the same year in the Tour de France with Gendebien and Bianchi behind the wheel, before it was bought by Count Volpi di Misurata, who fielded it in the 1,000 km of Paris with Trintignant and Vaccarella with the Scuderia Serenissima.

In 1962 the Count instructed engineer Giotto Bizzarrini to re-design this car in order to compete with the 250 GTOs. Therefore the brakes and the suspension were modified and the car was fitted with an innovative and aerodynamic body, with a lowered engine, improving the car’s performance. The nickname Breadvan was invented by the British press, due to the characteristic shape. The first race the car participated in this configuration was the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Abate and Davis in the year of its transformation, although the car didn’t finish due to transmission problems. The Breadvan participated in several races with exceptional drivers like Scarfiotti at the 1,000 km of Paris until 1965 when it ran its last race, the Coppa Gallenga in Rome.

Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta passo corto chassis 2819 “Breadvan” – Photo Gallery

Ferrari 250 GT Breadvan in front of Enzo Ferrari's House at Fiorano
Ferrari 250 GT Breadvan in front of Enzo Ferrari's House at Fiorano
Ferrari 250 GT Breadvan Front Left
Ferrari 250 GT Breadvan Front Left
Ferrari 250 GT Breadvan at Enzo Ferrari's House
Ferrari 250 GT Breadvan at Enzo Ferrari's House
Ferrari 250 GT Breadvan driving at Fiorano Track
Ferrari 250 GT Breadvan driving at Fiorano Track
Ferrari 250 GT Breadvan at Ferrari Classiche Workshop
Ferrari 250 GT Breadvan at Ferrari Classiche Workshop

[Source: Ferrari SpA]

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  1. God Bless the Bread Van ! And a huge HOO RAY to the gentlemen at Classiche Workshop and the Ferrari folks for bringing this LIVING LEGEND back to its birthplace and true home….

    One only needs to hear this Beautiful Engine Song to know its pedigree. The fairy tail story that this once ugly ducking has returned home a beautiful swan.

    LONG LIVE the BREAD VAN ! Long may you run………