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Breadvan_update_055: jewellery

Bespoke car logo’s

The Breadvan Hommage will feature our hand-made badges. Coachbuilder Bas van Roomen has made tools to integrate the sharply edged badge into the B-pillar of the Breadvan Hommage. Our design is coachbuilt entirely by hand by Bas. And as he uses the very best materials, as a result, we chose to eliminate plastics to be used for our jewellery. Our badge is handmade in metal. Therefore, it looks and feels better and gives a far superior finish in comparison too. Consequently, the badges feels heavy and the material looks great. Because of the sharp edges we required, stamping our badges was not a possibility. Only a rounded edge can be incorporated through stamping. This is due to the technical restriction of the stamping procedure. Our badge design required a 90 degree top and the 45 degree facetted corner.

 

Enamel badges

Because of this, the badges is cast in zinc alloy rather than stamped in copper. So, a special tool is made for our badge. It was used to injection mould the badge and create the cut-out look we designed. The aim is to incorporate the sharpness and precision of a handmade car into the look and feel of the badge. We go for a black nickel – or black chrome – plating for the metal base of the badge. To give the right tactile and visual quality the logo is recessed into the metal. This emboss is then filled, by hand, with white enamel. The black chrome showcases the quality of the base metal material beautifully. And, depending on the viewing angle, appears to be either fully black or chromed. The metal colour in the black refers to the quality of the coachbuilding process.

 

Car emblems

The badge is integrated into the design of the car. Rather than simply stuck on the Breadvan Hommage body. Almost all details in the bodywork are hammered by hand. Bas does this without the use of a hard mould. However, an exception to this is the embossed cut-out for the Niels van Roij Design logos. These are so tight and precise, that making the shape is only possible with a steel mould. These moulds are milled from a solid block of steel. Firstly, the mould is precisely aligned on the inside of the aluminium body panel. This is done by means of a screw in the centre of the mould. Subsequently, the mould is fixed with clamps to the body of the Breadvan Hommage. After this procedure, the recess is hammered into shape. This is done by hand through the use of hammers and spades.

Breadvan_update_054: special car interior

Alcantara and leather

Our coachbuilt Breadvan Hommage will feature big changes to the interior. Classic models inspires the design. Therefore, the design started with researching old race cars. There is a lot of character in these distinctive car designs. In addition, we looked at trim and materials installed on those hand-made cars. In other words, classic sports cars were very important and inspirational for this coachbuilt design. However, we do take car design liberties. We push our car design project into the future. For instance, our design will boast many new ideas. New materials and colours. The V12 base vehicle is only changed in a relevant way. Due to research done. Sjoerd Brouwers from B&B Designs executes the interior design work. With our bespoke seat design, we chose to pronounce original volumes and proportions. We honour the original Breadvan and the base vehicle.

 

Embroidered logo

The subtle headrest embroidery stand out just enough. The logo is the exact right size. The colour of thread used is slightly lighter compared to the Alcantara. This coloured thread is complementary to the seat. This makes the contrast between the Alcantara and the stitches sufficient, rather than strong. The headrests embroidery is depicturing the outline of the Breadvan Hommage. Captured in only a few striking lines. Alcantara is one of the most beautiful materials and relevant for our one-off car design. It comes straight from the world of exclusive cars and racing. The subtle ornamental aspect of the headrest embroidery in the hand-made seats showcase our eye for detail. This coachbuilt motorcar is a design exercise of nuance. The simple lines in the logo on the headrest are celebrating the Breadvan Hommage exterior design. An ode to cars, car design and racing, through stitching and embroidery.

 

Special car interior

Special elements can be found throughout the interior of the motorcar. We have designed unique dials. Therefore, this means seven uniquely styled meters. They are hand made entirely. In other words, handmade dials differ greatly from factory-produced ones. For instance, a professional dial maker pieces every part of a handmade dials together. This takes a lot of time. Also, handmade dials in cars are much rarer. The fact is that a dial maker can only output a certain number of items per day. In production cars they aren’t found anymore. The dials consist of top-notch materials. For example, we use silver to construct the face. Above all, high-quality craftsmanship found in every detail. The materials are beautiful, the design of the facia durable and unique.

Breadvan_update_053: coachbuilt Breadvan Hommage

Coachbuilt Breadvan Hommage

On the first photo the last stage of the clay model is visible. It is used for measurements, through the tape mould. Then it is used to check the body work. The right hand side of the car is finished in aluminium, based on the geometry of the clay. So, when the right side of the car has been made entirely in aluminium by coachbuilder Bas, he can remove the clay. The corner deleted on the photo will be used for display purposes. It can be seen laying on the floor in the background. The other clay on the side of the car and the roof will be removed and reused on other coachbuilding projects. The clay has been extremely helpful during the car design process. Designing a car is not just done on paper. Or in the computer. It carries through all the way to coachbuilt Breadvan Hommage.

 

Coachbuilding the Breadvan Hommage

In the three quarter image the car can be seen with a full aluminium body work on the back. You can still see the tape mould laying on the roof. Also the clay above the doors, on the roof, is still there. And the front end of the car has not been touched either, you can see the red paint on the doors, fenders and sills. You can see the body lines don’t exactly fit yet. The coachbuilder work on aligning all panels here. Tape is used to make all lines flow properly. The highlights on the aluminium are very aggressive and harsh due to the contrast in the material. Once the car is painted the look will be much more cohesive. For now the focus is on making all separate pieces of aluminium join. So, the car will look exactly like the clay model was made many months ago.

 

One-off coachbuilding

On the image in top view the tape moulds again can be seen. Also the clay on the left side of the roof is visible here. This material will stay in place until the roof panels have been made. The open view, straight into the guts of the car is temporary only. But it shows the petrol tank in the middle of the vehicle. It will stay there, open for all to see through the rear window. On the last image the left fender has been taken off again. The coachbuilder now is working on joining all panels and making a rigid frame underneath. So panels are being taken off many times before they all are welded solidly onto the car. The frame you see through the rear window is temporary. It hold everything in place so the car will be perfectly aligned. After that they will be removed permanently.

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Robbert Moree
Luuk van Kaathoven

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