The words “prototype Aston Martin” and “perfect daily” would never normally be used in the same sentence, but something about this 1992 Aston Martin Virage Shooting Brake prototype screams practicality to us. This is the first prototype of a hyper-limited run of three-door Virage Shooting Brakes built for Aston’s favourite customers, and now it could be yours at Bonhams’ Les Grandes Marques à Monaco 2022 sale.
Powered by a revised version of Aston’s trusty V8 (which had already been in production for 20 years by the 90s), this 330hp hatchback could hit 60 in under seven seconds and go on to hit 152 mph at full tilt. Those healthy specs earned it the illustrious title of “world's fastest purpose-built load carrier” when it launched in 1992. Impressive or not, if you tell your kids they’re about to sit in the “world’s fastest” anything, they’ll surely jump at the chance to sit in the rear seats. Which brings us back to practicality, because this Shooting Brake features fold-down rear seats, electric rear windows, a luggage blind, and even a folding rear dog guard grille. In other words, this green-on-green wonder is ready for anything you can throw at it. So, if you can’t bear to transport your family in another hideous crossover, then why not add one of the rarest, and at the same time most practical, Aston Martins of the post-war era to your garage?