I’d really like an Aston Martin V8 estate – said no one ever.
Actually, somebody did say that, at some point, and that’s why there’s one for sale now. It’s called the Aston Martin V8 Sportsman Shooting Brake and is one of just a pair ordered from the factory by two Swiss brothers.
So, it seems that there were actually two people who wanted Aston’s take on a V8 station wagon. Mind you, a shooting brake isn’t actually an estate, nor a station wagon, but a cross breed between a coupe and an SW. Its sports-car flamboyant grace has made this body style a favorite among European aristocracy and was originally used for fox hunting and whatnot – hence the name.
Truth be told, Aston Martin is no stranger to this type of body style. There were seven DB6s Shooting Brake made by coachbuilder Harold Radford and three Virages converted at the factory in the early ‘90s – which kind of look exactly like this V8 example.
Anyway, the car is chassis number #79008 and it has a 5.3-litre, naturally aspirated V8, which develops around 350 horses. It wasn’t built straight from the factory in this form, but it was later converted along with chassis number #79007.