Coffee-Shooting Brake

by CFlo

Try not to shoot coffee out of your nose at the thought of it, but I think Mazda should have made the Miata available as a shooting brake, right since the Year 0 Anno Miatae (i.e. 1989 AD). Stretching the roof, adding a hatch, and the wagon-defining D-pillar would make the Miata more than just a hairdresser’s runabout or weekend track rat; it would turn this into something you could almost own by itself.

What car do you think should’ve been – or should be – made as a shooting brake? That’s a sporty 2-door wagon to the plebes.

I photoshopped the above image myself during a particularly boring week a few years back. The Spec Miata on track image was graciously borrowed from Grassroots Motorsports. I scrounged around in google image search looking at wagon rear sections until I found one I liked – the GG-chassis Subaru Impreza / WRX wagon. A bit of clipping, grafting, and 35 how-to YouTube videos later and I had triumphantly created what you see before you.


Some indeterminate amount of time passed and I got to thinking about little 2-door wagons again…or 3-door wagons, depending on what your definition of a door is…anyways. Volvo made what DT generally regards as the prototypical shooting brake: the 1800ES of course. But what if they’d decided to make a sequel during the 240 era of the late ’70s through early ’90s? So I found this nice side shot of a boring late-model 245:

Armed with the knowledge that for several years the 200 series was the only Volvo platform (and a few drinks into the night), I found it reasonable to imagine that a short wheelbase 3-door could have been designed and engineered by the stalwart manufacturer. Lengthen the doors to 242 style, shorten the wheelbase aft of the B-pillar, shorten the rear overhang…why not? Thus, I give you the 243:

Apparently I forgot the seats. Now, to be fair, Volvo did actually make some 243/263 prototypes but the design was not so much a shooting brake, but more of a hatchback with a sloping rear and the full length and wheelbase of the rest of the 240 family. The Volvo Museum in Gothenburg has presumably the only one left:

I’d be remiss not to mention the Molvo here. This is a 24 Hours of LeMons racing vehicle created by Bernal Dads Racing, representing the unholy mating of a Miata chassis with Volvo 245 rear that’s sort of swallowing/engulfing it from behind. And it’s awful, but it’s still awesome. You can’t unsee the Molvo.

Image borrowed from The Truth About Cars.

Turning to currently available RWD cars, I’d love to see a 5th-gen Camaro shooting brake. Callaway is supposedly doing the same to the C7 Corvette with the AeroWagon, but we need a budget-friendly  version to feature on DT in 12 years when depreciation has left it worth nothing. Four words: cheap, steel, Camaro, wagon.

So take this as a photoshop challenge if you want – show us your best shooting brakes that should have been (but were never) born. Or just comment below.