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Redusernab Asks Bonus: Which Car Do You Want to see Converted into a Shooting Brake?

Greg Kachadurian May 6, 2016 Redusernab Asks 40 Comments

As covered in today’s news recap, Toyota has actually converted an 86 sports car into a fully functional shooting brake. It’s only a one-off design study for now, but it’s already eliciting plenty of reactions from long-roof lovers all around the world.

Shooting brakes as a concept date back to the 19th century but it’s still wholly embraced by the automotive industry a century-and-a-half later. In its current form, a shooting brake is like making a shorter wagon or three-door hatch out of a two-door coupe for the purpose of added practicality and comfort in a car that retains its performance capabilities. Several OEMs have produced or at least experimented with these designs in recent years and there are even aftermarket conversions you can buy right now. Notable examples include the BMW Z3M Coupe “clown shoe” cult classic, the super-limited Bentley Continental Flying Star by coachbuilder Touring Superleggera, and a shooting brake conversion for the Corvette Stingray.

Plenty of other shooting brake conversions exist solely in the digital world. It’s hard to not find a conversion that was photoshopped onto a new sports car by a fan with spare time. This Toyota 86 Shooting Brake seems like it could easily be one of those digital experiments, but it isn’t. It’s a real, fully-functional shooting brake 86 that was described by its project manager as “a car you can buy with your head and your heart”.

With all that in mind, is there a car that you’ve been wanting to see get the same treatment? It doesn’t matter if it’s something new, old, fast, or slow. If it’s a car that deserves a shooting brake conversion, it belongs here.

[Image source: Toyota Australia via ]

  • Gee Nick

    Cadillac ATS-V

    • Ross Ballot

      The CTS-V coupe was nearly there…looked like it couldn’t figure out if it was a proper coupe or wanting very hard to be a Shooting Brake

  • Tomsk

    I’ve always thought a Z3 Coupe/MGB-GT-esque hardlid Honda S2000 would have been the shiz, and will continue to do so until my dying day.

  • Greg Kachadurian

    I want to see this become a real thing. It was rendered by someone… I forget who. But OMG.


    • Sjalabais


  • kogashiwa

    The* answer is always SW20 MR2.


    • smalleyxb122

      A mid engine car is probably the least useful application for a shooting brake. Love it.

  • Muthalovin

    The spoiler is already as tall as the roofline, so why not just fill the gap?

    • Somebody started one. Perhaps someone with a few bucks could finish it up.

      • karonetwentyc

        Looks like it’s halfway to being a Merkur XR4Ti at this rate…

  • Citric

    I was going to say Miata is always the answer, so it’s only natural that someone got there.

    • Sjalabais

      Just “styling”, not judging or anything.

    • Cue John Lovitz – STYLING!

    • StephaneDumas

      If it was paint in black, it would had look like that customized Jaguar XK-E hearse used in the movie “Harold & Maude”.

  • Jaap

    Volvo 264 ES

    • dead_elvis, inc.

      Or a 262 Bertone like you pictured?


      • Jaap

        I messed up the numbers, i mean a ES-version of the 262 Bertone.

        • dead_elvis, inc.

          I bet it would look a bit like a Scandinavian take on a Dodge Magnum (which definitely needs a shooting brake version).

          A good thing, in other words!

  • The sort of car that would logically lend itself to stalking parties at Balmoral.

    • For reference:

      • boxdin

        That is fine work.

    • Oh, good choice.
      Perhaps the best choice.
      Certainly adequate.

    • Vairship

      paparazzi-shooting brake?

  • R32 Skyline, perhaps?

    • kogashiwa

      There’s already been a ute conversion or two, so yes certainly, why not.

    • CraigSu

      That would essentially make it a Stagea, wouldn’t it?

      Side note: Isn’t it sad that the Stagea was replaced by what we know in the States as the Infiniti QX50?

  • mzszsm

    Supposedly it’s coming, but has the wrong allocations, I want a short skirt and lonnnnnnng jacket, namely two less doors and more wayback

  • Another crappy photochop, this one from way back in my Jalop days.

  • JayP

    • boxdin

      Best mustang Ive ever seen. Current one has a matronly ass and desprately needs a SB variant.

      • JayP

        I was looking for an S197 version but they sucked compared to this.

  • Maymar

    Less a case of what I want to see converted into a shooting brake and more a shooting brake concept I want to see converted into a production car, but I stand by my choice.

  • Cragon McBride

    A 300ZX shooting brake would be fantastic and not too farfetched.

    • Kiefmo

      The 2+2 was halfway there. Just take that roof back another foot, and it’s done.

  • Rover 1

    Someone has already done this so cross the TR6 off the list.

  • Rover 1

    And the 944. How many of these were made?

    • Sjalabais

      Looks like a Passat hatch?

      Keeping it in the family.

  • Rover 1

    And for the 928, Porsche gave Ferry Porsche a special 75th birthday present.

  • Rover 1

    And the Citroen SM, if this is a photo-shop, someone needs to make it.


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