Classic estate cars get the red-carpet treatment

Special show presents exotic models, style studies and one-offs

For a long time, estate cars were considered the unglamorous pack-horses in car families. They were neglected, worn out, forgotten. And they remained the black sheep while their sisters in the form of saloons, convertibles and coupes gained all the attention as treasured classics. Today, as their survival rate approaches zero, fans have finally recognised their qualities: maximum rarity value with top utility – a combination that has earned some classic estate cars most-wanted status among all model versions. So there’s every reason to roll out the red carpet for the family members recently rediscovered by fans: at the Bremen Classic Motorshow from 1 to 3 February 2019 in the traditional special display. The highlight of the show in Hall 5 is the Aston Martin DB5 Shooting Brake. Only twelve of these estate versions of James Bond’s legendary “company car” were ever made. “Kombinationskraftwagen” is the clunky German term for estate cars. It expresses the combination of talents these models offer. That they were used in very different ways in various cultures is strikingly demonstrated in the Bremen special show with twelve estate cars from six nations.

Classic estate cars get the red-carpet treatment