4 Dec 2012

Shooting Brake Gallery part 2

Our shooting brake gallery proved something of a hit.  Plenty of readers slavered over the eclectic selection of 'sporting estates with flair'.

A few people, though, bemoaned some omissions.  One in particular, Charlie Johnson, gave us a very specific list of shooting brakes we'd missed.  So, in order to sate the needs of our readers, and Charlie in particular, it's time to don the deerstalker, dust off the shotgun again and ride on the jalopy that is the Shooting Brake Gallery part 2.

Aston Martin V600 Shooting Brake -  In 1999 Roos Engineering built what they considered the "fastest and strongest estate car of the world."  Based on a V8 Vantage this shooting brake has a 600bhp, 5.3 litre supercharged engine.

Ferrari 365 GTB4 Shooting Brake - Not the prettiest of Ferraris.  This was an official factory car and housed a 4.4 litre V8.  Production ran from 1969 to 1975.

Jensen Interceptor - The name was famously used (albeit with a different spelling) by John Button to name his son.  The Jensen Interceptor was produced from 1966 to 1976.  The engine was a Chrysler V8 which grew from 6.3 litres to 7.2 litres in the Interceptor's later years.

Reliant Scimitar - Described as a coupe but with classic shooting brake lines, the Scimitar's production run ran from 1964 to 1970.  The body was fibreglass and the engines were Ford V6s of 2.5 and 3 litre displacement.

Ferrari 250 GT Drogo - This was a one off Ferrari based on a 250 SWB.  It was produced in 1962 and had a 3 litre V12 engine.  The car was designed to race in the 1962 24 Hours of Le Mans where it was 7km faster down Le Hunaudières straight than the standard 250 GTOs.

Ferrari 330 GT Shooting Brake - Another one-off Ferrari this 330 GT was designed by Vignale in 1968.  The engine is a 4 litre V12.

Austin Mini Countryman - Not the awful modern version but the original Austin model, built from 1961 to 1969 and with a wooden frame around the rear section.  My mother had one with a rust hole in the passenger footwell which was covered by a piece of carpet.

McLaren MP4-12C Shooting Brake - This could be wild speculation but the good people at Auto Express believe a shooting brake version of the MP4-12C is on the cards.