London: A rare Aston Martin that was converted into a sports estate vehicle to carry golf clubs is expected to fetch almost USD 642,000, when it is sold at a auction here later this month.
The 1967 Aston Martin DB6 dubbed as the 'Gentleman's Express' is one of just two "shooting brake" models built and has been hidden away in storage for 17 years.
It was initially used as a sleek sports coupe by Formula 1 ace Innes Ireland, who had it for two years before deciding he needed something more practical for his shooting gear and golf clubs, the 'Daily Mail' reported.
Instead of selling his beloved car and buying something larger, Ireland sent the DB6 to London coach builders FLM Panelcraft and ordered them to convert it into a 'shooting brake', an early 19th century British term for a vehicle used to carry shooting parties.
The result was an elegant sports estate which offered performance and practicality - making it the perfect vehicle for the classic British gentleman.
It is one of 11 Aston Martins being offered at RM Auctions' London sale which takes place on October 31.
The car was later restored by Aston Martin and then transported to Texas where it remained in a dehumidified storage space before being shipped back to the UK.