Aston Martin has revealed its latest collaboration with long-time partner Zagato, and it is the Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake. Look at it. There’s only one image and a few details at present - carbon fibre body panels, powered tailgate, 6.0-litre V12 with 592bhp, rear-drive - but it looks astonishing good.
It has reminded us just how much we like shooting brakes, which are nearly as old as the car itself (though they’ve changed a bit since their inception in the early twentieth century). Originally conceived for hunting game, shooting brakes were described by Commercial Motor magazine as having “seats for eight persons as well as the driver, whilst four guns and a large supply of cartridges, provisions baskets and a good ‘bag’ can be carried” in 1908.
Nowadays, they’ve morphed into a sort of cross between an estate and a coupe. Sports car panache. Estate car space. And, more often than not, a soupcon of knee-trembling suave.
Here are some of our favourites…
- 1972 Volvo 1800ES
- 1968 Reliant Scimitar
- 1999 BMW Z3M Coupe
- 2011 Ferrari FF
- 2011 Fisker Surf
- 2013 Mercedes CLS63 Shooting Brake
- 2013 Jaguar XF Sport Brake
- 1992 Aston Martin Virage Shooting Brake
- 2005 Audi Shooting Brake concept
- 2013 Callaway AeroWagon
- 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB 4 Shooting Brake
- 2016 Toyota GT86 Shooting Brake
- 2016 Ferrari GTC4Lusso