‘Shooting-brake’ originated as an early 19th century British term for a vehicle used to carry shooting parties with their equipment and game. The term ‘brake’ was initially a chassis used to break in horses; it was subsequently used to describe a motorized vehicle. The term was later applied to custom-built wagons by high-end coachbuilders and later became synonymous with the station wagon or estate.
In contemporary usage, the term ‘shooting-brake’ has broadened to include a range of vehicles from five-door station wagons, through to three-door models combining features of a wagon and a coupé.
Rolls Royce Shooting Brakes were often created from saloons at the request of the owner after purchase, as they wanted something special and unique. Such vehicles were expensive to build owing to the Coachbuilder’s reputation, but offered in turn a rarity widely envied.
This particular example started life as a Silver Shadow and was converted, we believe, in the 1970s. It came from a prominent private collector in Portugal where it resided for many years, before its recent recommission and return to the UK.
The car is presented in the very desirable dark metallic blue with cream hide interior and blue piping. The walnut dashboard and interior are in generally good condition.
This rare car is used frequently by the vendor and would be for any owner a practical “ Estate car” – classically termed as a Shooting Brake – with a great deal of style and panache. This would grace any car park at Royal Ascot, Henley or the Derby!
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