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1962 ferrari 250 gt swb ‘breadvan’🇮🇹:
in 1962 the engineer giotto bizzarrini was hired by count giovanni volpi (after bizzarrini being fired from ferrari due to a feud between enzo ferrari’s wife and some of the employees at ferrari), owner of the scuderia racing team, to upgrade a ferrari 250 gt swb so it could compete with the new ferrari 250 gto. after enzo ferrari found out, the team’s 250 gto order was canceled, and they were left to hunt used cars for the 1962 season.
the donor car for this project was a competition 250 gt swb, serial number 2819. both engineers had created the orignal gto, so they easily had the talents to develop an even better version for count volpi. bizzarrini applied all the ideas, and together with the car body specialist piero drogo developed an aerodynamically advanced body, even lower than the gto’s, with the roof line dramatically extended to the rear end following ‘kamm’ theory. the resulting shooting-brake appearance led to the french press nicknaming it “la camionnette” (little truck), while the english speaking journalists called it the “breadvan”. at the 1962 le mans, the breadvan, with much smaller proportions, weighed 143 lbs lighter than the standard gto. despite the lack of five-speed gearbox, the reduced weight helped the breadvan stay ahead of the gtos at le mans, until it retired four hours into the race.
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