Journal: This Is The Most Insane Ferrari Shooting Brake In The World

This Is The Most Insane Ferrari Shooting Brake In The World

Jayson Fong By Jayson Fong
June 15, 2016
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Photography by Jayson Fong

You’d be forgiven for being completely confused if you saw this dramatic sports car making its way through busy London traffic, and it’s something that happened more than once when I trained my lens on it. Weird and wonderful, the Daytona 365 GTB/4 Shooting Brake is truly a one of a kind Ferrari, striking to look at and the kind of automobile that has the ability to make heads turn everywhere.

In all honesty, that is probably exactly what American property Bob Gittleman was after when he commissioned Luigi “Coco” Chinetti Jr. to create this shooting brake, the spiritual successor to the Vignale-bodied 330GT and famous 250 ‘Breadvan’. Until the company unveiled its modern FF, Ferrari wagons were only for the committed: built by Panther Westwinds in Surrey, England, the resulting conversion cost the equivalent to four standard Daytonas.

Although not to everyone’s taste, there is no denying that it is a machine that stimulates curiosity…and it’s all about that glassy rear end. With a tailgate almost entirely made of glass and polished wooden decking on the interior—and the addition of gullwing glass doors as the only way to access the rear—it’s hardly the most practical estate. But a closer look at the details with the sun reflecting off the glass doors and chrome surround, I couldn’t help but be continually drawn to its strange charm and dedication to form over function.

The differences to the standard Daytona don’t stop at the rear as the interior has been completely redesigned,  with centrally-stacked instruments and the wooden decking finding itself as part of the trim. Although with a face similar to the standard car, the exterior was significantly restyled, retaining only the windscreen, A-pillars, doors and bonnet from the original car. However, it also retains the all-important Ferrari V12, complete with a sensational sound guaranteed to turn heads on the street.

Recently, this unique piece of coachwork has had a complete restoration by the original builders Panther Westwinds and now back in prime form and is just about as authentic as you can get. Scheduled to be auctioned by Gooding & Company in Pebble Beach this August, it’s the perfect opportunity to get your hands on a charming and truly unique Ferrari.

Would you drive this one-of-a-kind Ferrari wagon?

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BlackEnzo
BlackEnzo

I would build that glass dome room
Put solar panels on it
Put 5 of my favorite rare Ferraris on huge rotating disc
In my backyard … For only friends could see under lights and a roped off path , with red velvet ropes in a air and moisture controlled room
And buy this beauty !
I would probably drive it once a month , taking the little lady out on a picnic .

JimC
JimC

What a gorgeous car albeit a bit eccentric! I can’t help but notice those two downward facing oil filters though – they would make cleaning that beautiful engine a bit of an arduous task. Of course, with a Ferrari V12, that would mean more hands on.

Jim Levitt
Jim Levitt

Huh?
I owned four Daytonas starting in 1971 and found no problems cleaning the engines

Osca1600
Osca1600

I don’t know whether he is the current owner, but there is a film on YouTube when the Ferrari was painted more of an aqua green with tan leather interior and at the time it was owned by Jay Kay from the band Jimiroquoi. I actually like the car for being different.

Daniel Willis
Daniel Willis

Jay Kay used to own the 330 GT Vignale shooting brake mentioned in this article.

Jim Levitt
Jim Levitt

Are you sure? I remember when this was built, it always was this color combo

danno77
danno77

I’m with Rockdad on this one, shooting brakes as originally designed seem to me to work better than those crafted from a coupe. I’m not that offended by the Reliant Scimitar, and might contradict myself slightly by not disliking the Z3M coupe, although perhaps not exactly a shooting brake but a remodeled coupe.

Nicolas Moss
Nicolas Moss

The interior seems very nautical to me… land yacht ho!

Lonefurrow
Lonefurrow

Fabulous looking car – always been one of my favourite shooting brakes, and a great quality original build (and restoration) by all accounts from Panthers.

One always has to hand it to individuals with the vision to make something unique like this.

Jim Levitt
Jim Levitt

Not used as an estate or wagon very much, 4K miles in 45 years!!!
I saw this once in the 70s,
Being a Daytona owner at the time, ehh!

I was friends with actually two of the Breadvan owners, I would have preferred that over this any day.

Rockdad
Rockdad

Yowza!

Rockdad
Rockdad

They f’ed up the nose, they f’ed up the rear, they f’ed up the interior. At least it looks pretty normal under the hood. Even the Ferrari Breadvan looks nice compared to this. D-.

Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange

Not for me. I’ve seen this car at several shows and the revised frontal styling really doesn’t work for me. It’s been openly (and heavily) advertised for sale in the UK for at least 18 months and looks like no takers. Presumably if the vendor is shipping it to Monterey they are pretty motivated to sell it in the States rather than pay the shipping costs to bring it back?

Andrew Salt
Andrew Salt

Stunning. Yes, I would drive it. Ideal for picknicks in the countryside.

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