Breadvan Hommage

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Breadvan Hommage

What is the Breadvan Hommage?

When a true admirer of an Italian brand reported to Niels van Roij Design with a special request to custom build a Breadvan Hommage, the design studio saw it as an honorable task to translate the iconic racing car into a car from the more recent past.

“We see it as a great privilege that we can honour the Breadvan through this Hommage commission,” says Van Roij. “It is a complex task to translate the essence of the legendary original into a contemporary design. We intend to be inspired by the original, but will ensure we are not limited by it in our creativity”.


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Because this coachbuilding commission includes a full re-body and major interior changes it is a unique opportunity for Niels van Roij Design to allow full insight into the entire development: from ideation process, exterior and interior design, to final coachbuilding of the aluminum Breadvan Hommage. The complete openness that we as car design studio will offer on a weekly basis is exceptional within automotive design.

For those who are interested it is a great opportunity to follow the creation of this one-off, step by step, through social media. Niels van Roij Design will report every Friday on the development and progress of the Breadvan Hommage.

Breadvan_update_087: Breadvan Hommage bespoke red

Custom made, one-off coachbuilt car

We designed a customized paint specifically for the Breadvan Hommage. We actually made 8 samples. Each red has its own subtle differentiation, gloss, effect and character. The first coat of red paint  is a very thin layer. Once the first coat has dried, the paint becomes matte. Not fully covered areas are getting a bit more attention when the first layer has dried. Today we are showing you the matt red car and how the clear coat is applied after it dries. This clear coat goes on with a lot more drama. As you can see in the photo the material spreads very rapidly in the spray booth. It provides a rather mysterious and foggy scene. After about 10 minutes, the first layer of clear coat has lost most of its solvents. Painter Fred checks the entire car and then applies the second layer of clear coat.


The Breadvan Hommage is red

After the clear coat dries the colour will appear. We will share that result later. The depth in the paint will be very special. The colour is not extreme or flashy. It is an exercise in subtlety. Some have asked us to show the car in its finished form. If it would be finished, we would show it! It honestly takes a long time to design and coachbuilt a one-off coachbuilt car like the Breadvan Hommage. Painter Fred worked many weeks and long hours on all the different steps. And in between the car has to sit for weeks to make all solvents of the first layers dissolve. These photos obviously only show a part of the quality of the paint. To fully appreciate it, it has to be seen up close. It truly is a mirror-finish.


How to paint a car?

Extraordinary craftsmanship is intrinsic to the entire team working on our bespoke car design. This also goes when it comes to colour. The possibilities to personalise the exterior of a hand-made car are endless. With absolutely countless amounts of individual hues for future owners to choose from. For the Breadvan Hommage we looked into 8 different colours of red. The painter painted 8 sample colours, based on our input, which you see on the photo. Achieving the flawless red colour and piano-shine finish is nothing short of extraordinary. Painstaking precision is a significant factor behind the success of paintwork by Fred. And that level of perfection is never easy to achieve. The customer commissioning the Breadvan Hommage dares to push our bespoke team. He asked us to create a colour that matched the bright red of classic Italian sportscars. With only a very subtle twist. More soon…

Breadvan_update_086: Breadvan Hommage painted matt red!

How to paint a one-off car?

In update 84 we shared how the primer coat of the Breadvan Hommage has hardened for several weeks. In the words of Classic Car Painter Fred we shared how he paints the inside of the doors, bonnet and interior matt black. Then he prepped the exterior of the body for the customized paint we designed. The owner picked the final colour red himself. It was one of 8 different shades of red developed specifically for the Breadvan Hommage. Each having its own subtle differentiation in character. When applying the first coat of red paint Fred applies only a very thin layer. Because red is a difficult colour to paint, Fred lets the first coat dry. When dried, the red paints becomes a matt colour. This can be seen in the images. This makes it easy to assess where the hard-to-cover, or not fully covered, areas are. 


Matt paint on the Breadvan Hommage?

These spots receive a little more attention on the thickness of the layer when the second red layer is applied. An even coverage is crucial. The second layer follows after the first layer has dried. This second stage needs to cover the car completely. The painter lets the second coat dry again. He can then start cleaning the spray gun to prepare for the clear coat. For the clear coat Cromax CC6400 is applied. Fred makes the clear coat and then starts spraying the first layer. After about 10 minutes, the first layer of clear coat has lost most of its solvents and is ready for the second layer. First Fred checks the clear coat for stickiness. Then the correct evaporation level for the second layer of clear coat is decided.


The Breadvan Hommage is red!

After this the spray gun is cleaned. The painter waits 10 to 15 minutes before firing up the heating in the spray booth. The ambient temperature is then increased to no less than 60 degrees Celsius. This is done to make the clear coat solvents dissolve. If the clear coat forms a skin too early, pinhole paint defects can occur. The painter prevents this by taking sufficient time. Now there is 30 minutes for coffee and good stories! After all, it is now time to wait. When the spray booth has completed its cool down cycle, the painter removes the masking paper from the Breadvan Hommage. And then everyone finally has a view of the end result… But you will have to come back for that! More on the clear coat in our next post.

Breadvan_update_085: how to design a car interior?

Bespoke interior design

Niels van Roij Design designed a complete personalised interior for the Breadvan Hommage. As a result the interior suits with the exterior design. So, the craftsmanship of upholsterer Sjoerd is highlighted in this update. We’re working closely with the patron to create the Breadvan Hommage. Consequently, we call this co-creation at Niels van Roij Design. The motorcar is completely designed around one main theme: classic race cars. The new design includes uniquely made blue Alcantara seats. For instance, the other interior elements can be seen in the photos too. Historically seen we could have designed this upholstery in any colour and picked many materials. Because the original car has seen many different interiors. However, the blue seats that once were installed in the original Breadvan stood out for us. You can now see the finished door panels including the Alcantara element.


Blue Alcantara seats

At Niels van Roij Design we enjoy some design freedom too. So, we decided to pronounce the original volumes and proportions of the seats a bit more. In this way, we honour both the original Breadvan and the base vehicle. Above all, the new design is an enhancement of the original seat. The seats boast a pattern in the centre elements. So, the team decided to add a few extra millimetres of extra padding. This helps to enhance the shapes. Together we create a relevant new interior design. Coachbuilding by Niels van Roij Design means an exercise in subtlety. And freedom to make the ideas of the owner. In this case the door panel is wrapped in soft black leather. Subtle changes are the beautiful double stitching. And the quilted lower door panel element. The quilting is used on the centre stack and headliner too.


Headrests embroidery

The details aren’t the details. Therefore, the headrest on each seat features an elegant embroidered Breadvan Hommage outline. A subtle decoration. Captured in only a few striking lines. Embedded in the Alcantara of the seat ton-sure-ton: blue on blue. Alcantara is one of the most beautiful materials, straight from car racing. This subtle ornamental aspect in the hand-made seats showcase the eye for detail at Niels van Roij Design. We design the full interior with the same attention to detail. Beautiful, tactile and flawless materials. Real aluminium in the door panels. Milled elements around the air vents. Handmade bespoke dials. Which also feature the same Breadvan Hommage outline. So, Niels van Roij Design leaves every patron a free hand. For example, from the option of colours to the layout of gauges. Follow the Breadvan Hommage project on our social media pages!

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Robbert Moree
Luuk van Kaathoven

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