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Breadvan - A Ferrari to beat the GTO

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Original price £ 45.00 GBP - Original price £ 70.00 GBP
Original price
£ 45.00 GBP
£ 45.00 GBP - £ 70.00 GBP
Current price £ 45.00 GBP

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By Richard Heseltine

Built as a Ferrari 250 GT Short Wheelbase Competizione, chassis number 2819 GT has become famous as the instantly recognisable ‘Breadvan’ – a fan favourite around the world. This latest book from Porter Press tells its full story, from being delivered new to sports car ace Olivier Gendebien and its 1962 conversion into the Breadvan by Count Giovanni Volpi di Misurata, to its recent appearances at Goodwood and Le Mans.

Written by renowned author Richard Heseltine, with contributions from Nicola von Dönhoff and leading Ferrari historian Keith Bluemel, it documents the development of the 250 GT Berlinettas, the ‘Palace Coup’ at Maranello that led to the birth of the Breadvan, and the car’s racing career in the hands of aces such as Ludovico Scarfiotti and Carlo Maria Abate.

Breadvan – A Ferrari To Beat The GTO is packed with new research, such as confirmation of 2819 GT’s appearances at Daytona and Sebring in 1962, as well as profiles of all the main players in the story and hundreds of archive photographs. Heseltine also documents Serenissima’s life after the Breadvan, and brings the car’s story up to date with its successful ‘second life’ in historic motor racing.

  • History of the Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta, plus the racing life of 2819 GT before it was converted into the Breadvan.
  • Profiles of all the key players in the car’s period competition career, including Giotto Bizzarrini, Olivier Gendebien, Carlo Maria Abate and Ludovico Scarfiotti.
  • Detailed reports of each of 2819 GT’s race appearances at events such as the Le Mans 24 Hours, Tour de France and Paris 1,000Km.
  • Why Gianni Agnelli painted the Breadvan black – and Gunter Sachs got arrested in it.
  • Full story of the car’s later life, from its adventures in the US to its return to racing in the UK during the 1970s.
  • Details of the Breadvan’s recent success in historic motor sport, from its return to Le Mans to victory at Goodwood.


ISBN: 978-1-907085-36-9

Author: Richard Heseltine

285 x 235mm, 224 pages

Jacketed Hardback

Over 220 images

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Melanie S.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
I recommend this product

Perfect gift

I bought the book for my 90 year old dad for Xmas - he was over the moon and hasn’t put it down since My dad owned the Breadvan at one point - so meant so much to him to have this book Thankyou

Mario A.
South Africa South Africa
I recommend this product

Beautiful classic Ferrari book - Breadvan - A Ferrari to beat the GTO.

A classic Ferrari enthusiasts must have book.

Michel S.
Canada Canada
I recommend this product

Get the Breadvan

Great book, great read, fantastic pictures. Thank you!

Andrew M.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
I recommend this product

A fine book about a very distinctive car

I saw the 'Breadvan' at a supporting race to the 2021 Silversone F1 event, having already ordered the 250 GTO book from Porter Press International. This was a great purchase, since the intricate story of Ferrari refugees and well-heeled team owner combined to create a devastatingly effective racing machine. The book then covers the car's history from the first season, through several restorations and then into the classic racing car scene. Then comes the icing on the cake - a series of photographs and data which show the car in it's current form, noting the features that were re-created form the first build. This is one very happy book, and well worth buying.

Mark C.
United States United States
I recommend this product

Great Story, Great Book

Prompt shipment to U.S., well designed, enjoyable read, and interesting story of one of my favorite Ferraris.