Explaining The “Shooting Brake”

By Gunnar Heinrich

LOOKING back to June 12th, I published a post covering what I thought was the oddest Ferrari I’d ever seen; the 330GT Shooting Brake.

Since then, I really hadn’t given it much further thought. I figured it was one of those flights of whimsy ordered by the same people who want to see a Bentley pick-up truck in their 50 car garage somewhere in the Near East.

Not entirely so, apparently.

Yesterday, I received an email from a gentleman named Vassilis Daramouskas who writes for a Greek automotive publication called Car & Truck. Mr. Daramouskas took the time to explain the relative importance of the shooting brake and how it fits in the automotive marketplace.

“If my memory is correct, Audi presented (Tokyo Motor Show 2005) the “Shooting Brake Concept” whose styling will be present [in] the future A1.

Shooting Brake cars were used by British aristocracy for hunting weekends: ample space for guns+game without having to use… “volk” cars. I believe Aston Martins, Ferraris, and other noble automobiles were the favourites for the niche.” He wrote.

Our kind informant went on to say that today the principal customers of these super niche models typically hail from Arabic states.

Efharisto poli, Mr. Daramouskas.

[Linked: Car & Truck]

June 24, 2008

About the Author: Gunnar Heinrich is publisher of Automobiles De Luxe online and is executive producer of the Automobiles De Luxe Television series on PBS member station CPTV.

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  1. The concept of shooting brakes, died off in the late 60’s, probably because the move to unit body construction by auto manufacturer’s was complete and modification became more difficult. But it did provide an opening for the Range Rover to become the darling of bird dog and Wellies set. The first Rangies were pretty spartan, though thoroughly modern compared to a Series Landy, they were soon gussied up to fit the requirements of the well to do.

  2. Funny how the Range Rover set has in recent years changed from Wellies to Uggs.

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