Friday, 10 February 2012

A “Gentleman’s Express”


A most unusual Aston Martin comes to the market

Last night, as I plodded homeward in the snow from the superb Louise Bobbe: Behind Closed Doors exhibition at the Richard Young Gallery, I took a detour, as I often do, down Reece Mews to look in the window of Hexagon Classics.

The exterior of the Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Shooting Brake, registration YPP 798F

Here amongst an array of spectacular vehicles I spotted a delight that truly is one of the most unusual cars that I’ve seen in a long while: a 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Shooting Brake.

The DB6 Vantage Shooting Brake’s luxurious Burgundy Hide interior

One of only three built, this vehicle was converted from an Aston Martin DB6 Vantage in 1969 for the renowned racing driver Innes Ireland (1930 – 1993). Executed by top coachbuilders FLM Panelcraft, the conversion created a shooting brake that combines both sporting prowess and practicality.

The DB6 Vantage Shooting Brake’s split tailgate

The term “shooting brake” has itself evolved since its inception in the 19th century. Originally a vehicle used to carry shooting parties, it had by the 1930s become “synonymous with vehicles that ferried guests and their luggage to and from railway stations.” In essence, this car type was essentially a “grand tourer.” In 2006, The New York Times took the description further and named the car body style as: "a sleek wagon with two doors and sports-car panache, its image entangled with European aristocracy, fox hunts and baying hounds” and most recently, Top Gear described the contemporary version of it to be a “cross between an estate and a coupé.”

An old image of the vehicle

Not seen in public since 1995, this “historically important motor car” is finished in Gunmetal Grey and Burgundy Hide upholstery. Virtually unused since the completion of a fully documented restoration by Aston Martin Works Service, this DB6 Vantage Shooting Brake, whose chassis number is DB63310R, is a truly important piece of motoring history.

The car in Reece Mews, a street that also formerly housed the studio of the artist Francis Bacon

Ireland, who has been described as a man who "lived without sense, without an analyst and provoked astonishment and affection from everyone," must have spent many a happy hour driving this truly unique vehicle for which Hexagon Classics now seek £499,995.

For more information on the Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Shooting Brake, go to: http://www.hexagonclassics.com/car_sales/Aston-Martin-DB6-Vantage-Shooting-Brake/4523.htm

Contact Jonathan Kaiser of Hexagon Classics for more information on +44 (0) 20 7225 3388 or email jonathan.kaiser@hexagonclassics.com

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Your love affair with luxury station wagons continues

Henry said...

I like the DB5 version too.

Zoe said...

This'd be perfect for getting the kids around but I'd be worried I'd scratch the wheels.