The Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake demonstrates that style and elegance need be no stranger to practicality. The two-seater Vanquish-based design — the newest member of the four-strong Zagato family — is defined by its long, sinuous roofline. Inside, the extended rear accommodation makes this most practical supercar on the market. Every facet of the design is bespoke. The carbon fibre bodied car features a dark roof, creating a rearward flow that culminates in Zagato’s dramatic tail lights.
Company lore holds that the very first Aston Martin Shooting Brake was commissioned by none other than David Brown himself. A man partial to field sports, Brown wanted more luggage capacity, with space for dogs and the occasional brace of grouse. The result was an elegantly converted DB5 overseen by the coachbuilding firm of Harold Radford. The “Shooting Brake” it conceived harked back to the earliest days of motoring, in ethos if not in appearance.
Just 12 DB5s were transformed by Radford (all remain on the road), with a further six being developed from the DB6 model. FLM Panelcraft, a small London coachbuilder, built another handful of DB6s and also a single DBS Shooting Brake. The idea was revived with the Virage, which was transformed by Roos, with other variations developed by Works Service Coachbuilt during the 1980s. In recent times, Bertone had a crack at an Aston Shooting Brake with the Rapide based Jet 2+2 in 2013, while Zagato itself finished off its trio of bespoke-bodied Virages with the rarely seen Virage Shooting Brake Zagato Centennial in 2014.
The Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake features a long carbon fibre roof that swoops back to a dramatically raked rear screen
The Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake is the culmination of an intense period of collaboration between the two companies, starting off with the original Vanquish Zagato and followed by the Vanquish Zagato Volante and the Vanquish Zagato Speedster. The Shooting Brake completes the set, with a welcome nod to the idiosyncratic but elegant style of these early stylistic experiments. Just 99 examples will be made, ensuring the Shooting Brake remains one of the most exclusive Aston Martins of all.