2012 The Silverstone Classic Sale

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1965 Iso Rivolta Breadvan

Lot No.: 207

Registration: NA
Chassis Number: IR460368
Engine Number: Not Specified
Number of cylinders: 8
CC: 5700
Year of Manufacture: 1965
Sold for (£): Result to follow

In 1962 Giotto Bizzarrini was hired by Count Giovanni Volpi, owner of Scuderia Serenissima, to uprate a Ferrari 250 GT SWB to GTO Specification. Ferrari had refused to sell Volpi a GTO. At the time, several Ferrari 250 GT SWB cars were developed by Bizzarrini, Drogo, Neri and Bonacini, some to GTO specification, and all had distinctive bodies with similar shapes.

Bizzarrini applied all the ideas from the GTO and developed, with Piero Drogo of Carrozzeria Sports Cars in Modena, an aerodynamically advanced body, even lower than the GTO with the roof line dramatically extended to the rear end, then abruptly truncated following the Kamm aerodynamic theory. The car was completed in just 14 days and chassis number #2819GT, known as the Ferrari Breadvan, is still raced in vintage sports car events today.

At least another two 250 GT series cars were developed by Bizzarrini, Piero Drogo, and team-mates Neri and Bonacini to GTO specification and received distinctive bodies with similar advanced shapes.

This car is based on the chassis and running gear of an Iso Rivolta. It is believed to have been built in 1965 using an alloy body reputedly designed and made by Drogo in the classic Breadvan shape. Fitted with a 450bhp V8 Chevrolet engine and set up for competition use, this Iso would be extremely competitive in historic racing.

Over the years the car has been predominantly used in Italian hill climb events and in small regional races. When discovered by the last owner, the engine was rebuilt and the car restored. It was then used on the Tour Britannia and other rallies in Europe. Recently brought back from Pisa, the vendor reports that: "the car is mechanically in excellent condition, starts easily, is tremendously powerful and sounds amazing!" Supplied with EU registration papers, this all aluminium bodied Iso is a fine testament to the Ferrari Breadvan and could even house a Ferrari engine and running gear, if a suitable 250 donor could be found.