Aston Martin and the Italian carrozzeria Zagato don't team up very often, but when they do, the automotive world takes notice, as their collaborations have produced some breathtaking cars over the decades. One of latest such collaborations is the Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake. It was first revealed last year, based on the Vanquish S model powered by a 5.9-liter V12.

Aston Martin didn't reveal too many details about the car at the time, but just ahead of Zagato's centenary year -- celebrations that will reach a fever pitch in 2019 -- it has finally released detailed photos of the interior and exterior, just as all 99 copies of the car have been sold out. Aston Martin also produced a grand total of 99 Zagato Volantes, 99 Zagato coupes and 28 Zagato Speedsters as part of this series, and as you've already guessed they've all found new homes. But at least we can gawk at the photos.

Out of all the Zagato models artisanally produced in these small batches, the Shooting Brake is perhaps the most compelling. And by compelling we mean that it compels the question of: Why hasn't Aston Martin done this before, by itself, without waiting for Zagato to come up with a shooting brake design? One-off shooting brakes based on various classic models like the Virage and the angular Lagonda sedans have been made from time to time, and the vast majority of them were not exactly pretty. We're certain that quite a few Aston Martin owners have ski chalets, so it's a bit of a mystery why the automaker has shied away from the shooting brake or wagon bodystyle all these decades.

As refreshing as this Zagato model looks from the side, it's the top view that brings out the extent of the design vision: The Shooting Brake features a V-shaped roof with an intricately engineered glass element just above the center console. The model itself is strictly a two-seater, but it does feature an innovative carbon fiber parcel shelf shaped like a spoiler, leading to a narrow rear window.

Still, interior space is not overly generous, so it's best to pack light.

Despite the fact that this is a two-door, we think it wouldn't take much effort to mount a ski rack on top, even if the ground clearance may not favor moderately deep snow. Still, they keep the roads well-plowed in the Swiss and French Alps for the various Ferraris, in whose company this Aston Martin should feel right at home.

Even though all examples of this model are sold out, we'd like to see other carrozzerias take a crack at producing shooting brakes based on Aston Martin models. They don't have to make a lot of them -- they can be one-offs. We're sure those who have missed out on this batch of cars, and who have a few million euros sitting around, may still be in the market for a Vanquish shooting brake, even if it's not by Zagato.

Source: Autoweek

December 4, 2018