The best breadvans in history

1 Mar

The term ‘breadvan’ was coined more than half a century ago. Its literal translation is ‘bread van’ and refers to the form that began to adopt some vehicles from the 60’s. Technically they are similar to family cars with body ‘shooting brake’, but this appellative mocking was due to its application in competition. It could be said that there were doubts about the aerodynamics of these cars. It must be said that in the 1930s, the German engineer Wunibald Kamm made some progress in terms of aerodynamics. Ferrari 250 GT Drogo Breadvan

In 1961 there were some important figures of Ferrari left the mark due to some encounters with Enzo Ferrari. They ended up in the Scuderia Serenissima, a competition team that belonged to Count Giovanni Volpi. His intention was to buy two Ferrari 250 GTO to run with them, but Enzo did not allow it when he found out that his former employees were with him. For this reason they had to settle for a 250 GT SWB second hand, which Giotto Bizzarrini and Piero Drogo proceeded to prepare. They gave it a completely new body and that adopted a familiar shape but with a completely vertical cut on the back. The French press began to call ‘La Camionette’, while the English went further with the term ‘breadvan’.

Iso Rivolta Breadvan

Aesthetically, there are hardly any differences between this Iso Rivolta Breadvan and the previous Ferrari 250 GT Drogo. Bizarrini began to collaborate with the Italian manufacturer Iso, known for its Rivolta and Grifo models. The Italian engineer took as a base the first of them and put him the same body that had done Drogo and him years ago. Although its entrails were very different, while the Ferrari was a 3.0-liter V12, this Iso mounted a huge 5.7-liter Chevrolet engine and his behavior was not the same.

Lotus 11 GT Breadvan

Lotus is a brand that has always been characterized by its small cars, which were able to be very fast in competition. Its founder, Colin Chapman, caught the attention of the body of the first Ferrari breadvan and decided to apply it in one of its vehicles. This is how the Lotus 11 GT Breadvan was born, which was based on the Lotus 11 and was able to draw the colors of many rivals despite riding a small four-cylinder engine.

Citroën SM Daunat

If we talk about the Citroën SM we have to praise its technical innovations. Robert Opron designed it with that characteristic ‘Kammback’ silhouette, which ended with that particular tail. However, the bodybuilder Frederic Daunat dared to deeply modify this model. He shortened his battle and recreated his rear, creating the Citroën SM Daunat. His intention was to compete in rallies and the truth is that he did not get bad results with his V6 taken from Maserati and specific suspension.

Volvo 850 BTCC

Everyone knows Volvo’s relationship with family car bodies and at the time they had the Volvo T5-R and 850R sports cars on the market. That’s why they spoke with the British team Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR) to take the family to competition. The Volvo 850 BTCC was the only model in the competition with this body and that made him earn some ridicule. It stopped mouths with some good results in the 1994 season, the only one that they could dispute due to the changes applied in the competition for the following year.