In a conversation recently where the topic was woody station wagons, the question was asked: “what is a Shooting Brake?”

It is primarily a British automotive term for a specific style of car body that has evolved over time. The term Shooting Brake originated in the 1800s as a horse drawn vehicle that was used to transport shooting parties with their equipment and game to and from the field.  This term eventually transferred to automobiles where it was applied to custom built cars, high-end coachbuilders took Jaguars, Aston Martins, Bentleys, and others, and turned two door coupes into custom three door wagons.  Some of these early iterations are highly prized by collectors. First cousins are the American woody station wagon. and “although its glory days came before World War II, and it has faded from the scene in recent decades, the body style is showing signs of a renaissance as automakers seek to invent (or reinvent) new kinds of vehicles for consumers constantly on the hunt for the next new thing” (New York Times)

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