JUN 19th 2014

Maserati Tipo 151/3: The prettiest 'Breadvan'?

The ‘Breadvan’ concept of the Sixties was undoubtedly made famous by the Ferrari 250 ‘Drogo’, however there were a few notable non-Ferrari-based efforts, and one in particular was rather fetching.

The idea was simple:  instead of tapering away a cars’ roofline to leave the classic coupe shape, let it run to the back of the car at a similar height to the windscreen and then drop almost vertically the way you’d design a van; the Kamm effect. The net result was an area of greater low pressure at the back of the car, which improved stability and performance at speed.

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Looks, however, were generally considered to be less pleasing to the eye, and the Lotus 11GT and Iso Rivolta efforts bore this out, despite enjoying greater performance at high-speed venues.

Last seen at Goodwood in the 2012 TT race, Barrie Baxter’s stunning Maserati 151/3 is, we think, arguably the best-looking of all the Breadvans. Fortunately it’s going to be in attendance at FoS so you can take a close-up look and see if you agree.

Come to think of it; are there any other ‘Breadvan’ specials out there aside from the Ferrari, Lotus, Iso, and Maserati?

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