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]