Shooting-brake is a car body style originally used to describe bespoke versions of 2-door luxury estate cars built for use by hunters as well as golfers, riders, polo players and other sportsmen. In modern usage "Shooting-brake" generally refers to any 2-door hatchback with a squared-off rear, although some manufacturers have referred to other types of vehicles as a "Shooting-brake".
The body was usually custom built. An early manufacturer of shooting brakes was Albion Motors of Scotland. There are existing examples of custom-built Bentley S2, Mercedes 300, and also the Aston Martin DBS Shooting Brake.
VG, a small US coach builder, offers a model named VGD Shooting Brake.
Some modern manufacturers, such as Audi, have recently referred to some concept cars as shooting brakes. In French-speaking countries estate-bodied cars are often referred to as the "break" model. Sometimes the longer title of "Break de Chasse" has been applied — with chasse being French for hunting, and the phrase therefore meaning "hunting break".
In the early 19th century, a break was a large carriage-frame with no body, used for "breaking in" young horses. By the late 19th century the meaning had been extended to also mean a large waggonette.