Press release: Niels van Roij Design shows first sketches of the Breadvan Hommage
Niels van Roij Design shows first sketches of the Breadvan Hommage
The London-based design house Niels van Roij Design recently announced that it will make a contemporary interpretation of the legendary ‘Breadvan’. This unique hand-built car from the sixties, will now have a successor.
“The choice to go for an icon of the 90s as our base vehicle was logical,” says car designer Niels van Roij. “This car was the first from the Italian brand in 23 years which was built in the same way as the original Breadvan base car at the time; a large V12 in front with a manual gearbox. It gives us a unique opportunity to base our interpretation of the legendary Breadvan on a car with a corresponding DNA.”
Meanwhile, the saw has gone through the donor car and the back of the base car has been separated from the rest of the vehicle. Van Roij: “We want to preserve the gentleman racer look of that car and also incorporate the strong graphic characteristics of the Breadvan into the design. Think of the air intakes, unmistakably integrated on the side and rear fenders and of course the iconic back featuring its strong rake. (Design language for the angle of inclination in which the rear is built) We are going to bring the exact angle of the original Breadvan back into our design. With our design ideas we have given our coachbuilding team a difficult task. It is an extremely complex job to shape the aluminum body by hand in these precisely defined lines.”
When asked whether we will recognize the base car used for the Breadvan Hommage, Van Roij is clear. “Although we will change each and every body panel we will deliberately show the essence of the looks of this unmistakable ’90s GT. However, we will work thoroughly: only the windshield remains original and even the headlights are changed.”
In the coming months Niels van Roij Design will reveal more about this project every Friday, during the Breadvan_updates on social media. This offers a unique look inside the world of car design and coachbuilding. From idea to design, from base vehicle to #BreadvanHommage. Followers will witness the design process develop, from a design on paper through a clay model in full size, to the final end result expected at the end of summer 2019.
For more information about this project, please contact Johan Overtoom: