What is the shot brake?

Popular car designs come and go (see: sedans). But some live for decades as the high water mark of beauty. One of the things audio car enthusiasts and internet commentators like to cite as a great look through the ages is the “shooting brake,” which can be succinctly described as a “sports car but also a small station wagon.” But to close out the actual definition, we’ve done a little research.

Part of a print advertisement for the Nissan Pulsar NX Sportbak (late 1980s). This was an odd car, but it qualifies as a launch brake with this camper roof. April

The term shooting brake is rooted in hunting in the late 19th century in England. Originally, the shooting brake was a horse-drawn carriage used to transport hunters and their equipment. The brake portion, according to Leslie Kendall, chief historian at the Petersen Automobile Museum, refers to a chassis chassis that was used to break horses.

“What is generally accepted is that it was an updated version of the kind of horse-drawn wagon that gentlemen would take at hunting parties to carry their guns and other hunting gear. The brakes because it was a vehicle small enough to be used to break into new horses,” Kendall said during a phone call.

The Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake from 2017 was and always will be one of the most wildly made cars ever built. Aston Martin

The word “shooting break” still sometimes pops up due to the original nature of these vehicles, but spelling “brake” as the car part is the most common and preferred version of current times. Anyway, there – shooting brake cars isn’t named because it kind of looks like the calipers are on its side.

In the equestrian world, the Shooting Brake was a long, slender, open-top wagon that featured a driver/escort front area. In automotive styling, the basic design elements are like a station wagon mixed with a coupe, with two doors to accommodate the driver and one passenger and a tall, slender body.

“Shooting brakes separate the normal working vehicle,” Kendall said. “It’s made for private use, and it’s not designed for moving cement or your recent Ikea purchases. It’s about free time.”

A promotional photo from a real golden era of the Bavarian automaker (early 2000s). BMW

You could say that the shooting brake is a kind of aristocratic in “business in the front, the party in the back.” Barring that, it will likely be flipped into “party in front” (especially if you have one with a passionate drive) and “work in the back” (assuming you’re carrying bags full of cash and fancy overnight bags). Think white-collar, one-eyed factory mogul loading a single carbonyl Aston Martin with guns and several random items covered in tweed, then heading out for a bird hunt with his Ascot-clad friends.

An example of luxury British fare: the Aston Martin DB5, designed by Harold Radford Limited.

In fact, some of the most famous and recognized shooting brakes had Aston Martin logos. It was David Brown, chairman of Aston Martin in the 1960s who hired famed British customization firm Harold Radford Ltd. For converting the DB5 into a shooting brake in 1964 to help accommodate his glamorous lifestyle. Radford was no stranger to this kind of worker demand, as the company had equipped a Bentley nearly 20 years earlier for the same duty.

Moving on decades, another iconic example is the 1972 Volvo 1800ES, which has a very stylish rear hatch and extended amenities for those who wouldn’t want to buy a truck to go ice fishing if it was from Sweden, I suppose.

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Saying goodbye to the ’70s, this decade features a few examples that aren’t very expensive, like the 1981 AMC Eagle Kammback, which is fun to call shooting brakes as no one thought or would consider AMC as a nice brand. We must also not forget the incredibly rare Honda Accord AeroDeck –CD playerVictoria Scott’s very own possesses the epitome of cherry.

Heading into the ’90s, the 1997 E36/8 BMW Z3 M Coupe is the best example of shooting brakes of its era. More recently, the modern successor to the 1800ES was the 2006 Volvo C30, which has a great timeless factor. She even participated in a car race-CD player Contributor Rob Holland competed in one. Then there’s the 2011 Ferrari FF and 2016 GTC4Lusso, as well as the extremely rare 2017 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato. Plus who can forget the C7 Chevy Corvette Callaway AeroWagen.

According to Frank Stevenson, a famous auto designer responsible for such distinctive and modern cars as the first generation BMW X5, Maserati MC12, Ferrari F430, FXX, McLaren MP4-12C and 570S (among my other personal favourites), there lay some rules for defining what a brake Really shooting.

“Shooting brakes are definitely my preference for a vehicle over real estate but not a coupe. Why? Because, after all, it is a compromise, and not the best of either world. Having a very flexible definition in today’s market for this classification of cars, my opinion is that the term Shooting Brake should To be used only for a two-door sport utility vehicle where a limited amount of additional loading space has been incorporated into the body.This often results in an exotic sporty aesthetic with minimal practicality thrown into the mix.This, in my opinion, could end up being a Acceptable and full of character (Ferrari GTC4Lusso) or heavily cartoonish (BMW Z3M Coupé). If I were caught dead in a Shooting Brake, it would be to be visually appealing in a very desirable way – no less than the Ferrari 250 GT SWB Breadvan.”

On the other hand, the flexibility of defining the design can be a good thing, as it shows different designers interpretations that were rooted in doing something different and passionate, as well as honoring that classic look.

From custom builders dating back to the 1940s to Callaway’s impressive aftermarket kit, it’s a sign of true automotive design pride when you see the firing brake design drawn on its bodywork. Oddly enough, the term originating from a convertible pickup could lead to some of the best cars ever built. I hope designs of the future will continue to incorporate shooting brake design with some capacity into any coupe or sports car. Who knows, if the new-car market is tired of crossovers with less cargo space than actual hatchbacks, the new demand for hatchbacks could spark some new interpretations of this very cool design feature.

Cars that are firing brakes, non-exhaustive list:

  • AMC Eagle Campac
  • Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brakes
  • Aston Martin Virage
  • BMW Z3 / M Coupe
  • Callaway AeroWagen (Modded C7 Corvette)
  • Chevy Vega Campac Wagon
  • Ferrari FF
  • Ferrari GTC4Lusso
  • Ferrari 250 GT SWB Breadvan (coincidentally, its original design goal was motorsport aerodynamics)
  • Ford Pinto wagon
  • Harold Radford Ltd.-modded Aston Martin DB5
  • Honda Accord AeroDeck
  • Jensen’s objection
  • Lancia Beta HPE
  • Lotus Elite
  • Lynx Eventer (Modded Jaguar XJS)
  • Mercury Bobcat Wagon
  • Nissan Pulsar NX (when fitted with Sportbak roof)
  • dependent on the sword
  • Volvo 1800ES
  • Volvo 480ES
  • Volvo C30
  • Volkswagen Focus GL Wagon

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