The ‘shooting brake’ body style is typically described as a sleek wagon with two doors and sports-car panache, its image entangled with European aristocracy, fox hunts and baying hounds. With a handful of great examples created in the past, the rare ‘shooting brake’ body style is showing signs of a renaissance as car manufacturers seek to (re)invent new kinds of vehicles for passionate drivers constantly on the hunt for the next new thing, with functionality tailored to specific lifestyle use. The SHOOTING BRAKES ARCHIVE tries to provide a complete as possible overview of the most important shooting brake models created until present day.
Proper transport for the hunt
The term "shooting brake" comes from turn-of-the-century England, where it referred to a car used to transport a hunting party and its gear. "Brake" referred to a chassis that was used to break in horses. In fact, early safari vehicles (which served much the same purpose) were also referred to as ‘shooting brakes.’ It eventually just came to refer to early wagons in general.
Downton Abbey shooting party
In the latter half of the 20th century, automakers were looking at a way to distinguish new cars like the Volvo 1800ES and the Reliant Scimitar GTE from larger five-door wagons and boxier hatchbacks. Looking back at the old school shooting brakes they noticed that the originals all only had two doors. Thus was the modern idea of a shooting brake born as a low, sleek two-door wagon.
Where the original vehicular shooting brakes were motorized wagons that had been customized and altered specifically for the purposes of sportsmen and hunters, the vehicles became more refined and hunting declined, the term was thereby applied to custom-built luxury estate cars (usually based on coupés).
Okay, let's give it a shot: the 50 most beautiful cars ever produced. Not an easy task... and certainly quite subjective (beauty is in the eye of the beholder...). Nevertheless it is an inspiring challenge to compare classic versus contemporary models, bread & butter designs (like the Ferrari F355) versus outrageously over-the-top creations (like the 2019 Bugatti La Voiture Noire), series produced cars versus one-offs, affordable cars versus stellar-priced artworks, etc. In the end, does it matter? We think not. A single (pencil) stroke of slick genius can do the job: creating a timeless piece of artwork ready to hit the history books. Check the links to their designers, coach builders and encyclopedia pages for detailed info. Enjoy, and leave your comments on our Facebook page!
A selection of links to Coachbuilding related websites & articles
www.coachbuilt.com : Encyclopedia of American Coachbuilders & Coachbuilding
www.barchetta.cc : Ferrari & Maserati Registry
www.bugattipage.com : The Bugatti resource by Jaap Horst
www.BugattiRevue.com : The on-line Bugatti focussed magazine
www.BugattiBuilder.com : Bugatti enthousiasts site and forum
www.carrozzieri-italiani.com: Italian brands & coachbuilders
www.conceptcarz.com : Concept cars, modern and classic cars.
www.FerrariChat.com : The online Ferrari community
www.pietro-frua.de : Online Frua Registry (German)
www.sportscardigest.com : The Sports, Racing and Vintage Car Journal.
www.supercars.net : Specifications, galleries and forums about classic and modern cars.
www.swisscarregister.ch : Registry for Swiss cars and coachbuilders.
www.ultimatecarpage.com : Concept cars, modern and classic cars and racing.
VeloceToday.com : Magazine for Italian & French Classic Car Enthusiasts
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