The history of the 12 Aston Martin DB5 shooting brakes is an interesting one.  

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It started when Aston Martin company owner David Brown found his standard DB5 incapable of conveying him, his polo equipment and his dogs around in comfort.  

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To solve this, he contacted the factory and requested that they make him a custom one-off shooting brake body for his DB5.  

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The factory contracted the work to London coachbuilder Radford and the results were staggering.  

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Once other members of the aristocracy got a look at David Brown's car, they began pestering the factory for more.  

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Aston Martin obliged and contracted with Radford for 11 more cars.  

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A shooting brake, in case you're curious, is like a station wagon or what Brits call an "estate car," but it only has two passenger doors.  

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This example sold for $1.765 million during Monterey Car Week at an RM Sotheby's auction.   

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