Some Progress Pictures of the Shooting Brake History
Originally, a "brake" was a large, bodyless carriage frame, used for breaking in young horses, and the term was extended to any large wagonette designed for country use. The term " shooting brake" originated with custom built 2 door luxury estate cars altered for use by hunters and other sportsmen who required easy access to a large storage area
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|contributed by John de Campi (to me, this looks like a fancy version of our western buckboard. I have always believed this type carriage evolved to motor coaches).|
|1907 Silver Ghost (chassis 577)
(reg. SU 76) as
pictured in "20 Silver Ghosts" by Melvin Brindle.
Reported to be an early re-body, this chassis is a photogenic
participant in rallies to this day (seen out in the drizzle at right)
|A 1908 Silver Ghost Shooting
Brake (chassis 712) previously owned by Tom Batchelor. (NV).
|712 is shown here in the 1979 Monterey 75th Anniversary National Meet. (modern details pending)|
|1910 Silver Ghost||From the Woody site listed below
|contributed by John de Campi
|In case you don't think a Brake is worthy
of Nobility, check out the details pictured with this Silver Ghost (107
EM) from 1923.
|This is a Barker body, but is a rebody as seen above (details in the data).|
|1926 20 HP re-body||From the Woody site listed below
As most Shooting Brakes are re-bodies, it is hard to state the carriage vintage in terms of the chassis date.
|A 1926 Phantom I Shooting Brake (or Estate
Wagon) belonging to Kenneth Godden of Texas
This 1926 20HP (GOK9) belongs to David Dodge of Phoenix, AZ. David says it was last known to have it's Windovers Saloon coachwork in 1939. Like many chassis in the UK during the WWII privations, it's body was probably sacrificed for the war effort and then fitted with the Brake Coachwork. This car has the canoe bottom wood strips to the headliner.
|A 1927 Wilkinson Phantom I Shooting Brake
belonging to Richard Beesley
(WA & CA)
|Two 20HP's (details pending)|
This is a computer aided rendering of my 1929 20 HP (GEN36) used to model for restoration. The coachbuilder is unknown and any assistance with information is appreciated. E-mail the webmaster (on the homepage)
(to the right) Chassis complete in 2004 (like it left the RR line in 1929 headed for the coachbuilder). - John Carey - ed.
|The first show for "Gen." On the ramp for the parade of excellence at Hillsborough (CA) Concours May 1, 2005. This was it's first public outing in over 30 years. It's rear view as complete today.||
Instrument board and dash of GEN 36
|This 1930 20/25 Shooting Brake (GGP44) is shown left (at right) as it appeared in Scotland owned and driven there forty years ago by John de Campi. The picture on the right is as it is recently (at auction) owned by Glyn Morris (IL).|
|GGP44's back and interior.|
|(5) shots of a 1932 (J. Barkley?)
20/25 belonging to Christopher Hutchins (ME).
classic "canoe" headliner
|This 1933 20/25 is being worked on in Hayward, Ca. for Neil Young (of Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young). (Right)|
|This 1933 20/25 (GRW 34) has been in Arlan
Ettinger's family for the last several years. It was purchased
from the late Mr.& Mrs. Lewis' estate (Macon, GA) and had not been
used since the late 1950's. It was re-bodied in 1950 by the Jersey Motor
Works on the isle of Jersey, one of the Channel Islands.
|The idle 42 years were corrected by Sam Rawlings who made it road worthy in Georgia. Arlen and family used it until it developed a cylinder hole. It currently is nearing mechanical correction by Pierce Reid in Stowe, VT. The family looks forward to continued use in and around N. Litchfield Co. CT.|
|This 1933 20/25 (GGA 76) belongs to Peter Egeli (MD). Reportedly, this is a rebody by Walker Coachbuilders of Watford, UK|
|This is the 1935 3 1/2 Bentley owned by Albert McCarthy (NC) shown in the 1985 and 1997 FL issues. It is a rebody by Jones Bros. and actually has a Jones doorsill plate.|
|This is 1935 20/25 (GLG51). The color shot is from a 1991 auction brochure. The B/W is from a UK shot in it's past.|
|A 1936 25/30 Estate Wagon owned by Maurice
Margules (NY) shown here doing antiques deliveries in the Big
Apple. Quite a lofty daily use of a fine livery.
|This 1937 PIII (3CP134) started life as a Vanden Plas DHC. As a shooting brake, it attracted Andy Warhol who owned it in the 70's. It is now owned by Dan Mooney (TX) and is being converted back to the original DHC.|
|This is probably WRB20 a 1939 Wraith with body by (French) Bender. Little is known besides what is shown in the auction pictures far right from 1995.|
|Two shots of this 1937 4 1/4 Bentley prove these cars get around. At this point, I do not know the chassis # of this car.|
|This 20 HP (1927) GRJ70 is owned by Robert Cory and is currently in a "driver" restoration in Northern CA.|
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