Back in 1962, Ferrari offered a unique one-off race car, the so-called 250 GT SWB Breadvan. Now, Niels van Roij Design is offering an updated Ferrari heavily inspired by the Breadvan, featuring similarly outlandish styling with decidedly modern amenities and performance.
The custom Niels van Roij designed 550 Maranello features a unique hatchback form factor that is distinctly not 21st century. That doesn’t mean the 550 Maranello looks dated, far from it, but you’ll certainly draw some eyes if you cruise around town in this super car. Of course, you probably won’t be driving this Ferrari as it’s a one-off specifically commissioned by a super fan. If you happen to be that lucky fan, enjoy your ride because it’s a heck of a super car.
The modifications to the Custom 550 Maranello are far from skin deep. The interior is distinctly retro, featuring actual dials rather than the now more common LCD screens. Quilted black leather covers many of the surfaces, delivering a distinctly retro and classy interior vibe, and the doors are equipped with straps that hark back to an older era.
For all the substantial work done to the Ferrari 550 Maranello, the chassis and drive train has largely been left alone. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, a stock 550 Maranello offers great super car performance. The 478 horsepower and 419 ft lbs coming out of the 5.5 liter V8 ensures plenty of performance. Modified shocks help for tighter handling, and a custom, handmade exhaust system gives the modified 250 GT SWB Breadvan inspired Ferrari 550 Maranello a distinct bellow.