Lot 234: ISO Rivolta Breadvan GTO Competition
The Ferrari 250 GT SWB Breadvan was made in 1962 from a 1961 Ferrari 250 SWB Short Wheel Base, chassis number #2819GT. It was built to compete against the new 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and other FIA World Sportscar Championship races. In 1962, the engineer Giotto Bizzarrini was hired by Count Giovanni Volpi, owner of the SSS Scuderia Serenissima Republica di Venezia, to uprate a Ferrari 250 GT SWB to GTO Specs. Ferrari was upset with Volpi and had refused "on personal grounds" to sell him a GTO. Bizzarrini applied all the ideas from the GTO and together with the car body specialist Piero Drogo developed an aerodynamically advanced body, even lower than a GTO, with the roof line dramatically extended to the rear end following Kamm aerodynamic theory. The resulting boxy appearance prompted the moniker "Breadvan". Bizzarrini moved the engine further back to the center of the chassis than the GTO, and lowered it by fitting a dry sump system. The car was completed in 14 days. Several other 250 GT SWB cars were developed by Bizzarrini, Drogo, Neri and Bonacini, some to GTO spec, and distinctively bodied with similar shapes. The car was reported to be 7 km/h faster than GTO at Le Hunaudières straight at Le Mans. Based on the Iso Rivolta, this alloy bodied, lightweight racing chassis has at its heart a 550bhp aluminium racing engine putting its power through a 4 speed gearbox. Built in the early 1970s in Italy, the car has been constructed to the highest quality and attention to detail including drilled pedals, lightened sills and an overall finish that is second to none. The car remained mostly in and around Livorno on the Italian Mediterranean coast, underwent a restoration in Pisa, Italy and is described by the current vendor as being in concours condition. With a lightweight body and chassis fitted to an engine producing well in excess of 500bhp, the performance is as you would imagine - electrifying! Faster and rarer than a Bizzarrini 5300, this unique Breadvan is stunning in every respect and a true collector's car.
Coys, Essen, Germany
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