Shooting-brake: A conveyance used to carry shooting parties with their large supply of firearms, cartridges, provisions, dogs and game. It could also be used to carry the “beaters” to and from the shoot. In France, station wagons were known as a break de chasse,the literal translation being “hunting break.”Later they also became known as estate cars or station wagons.
Starting as carriage builders in the 1870s William, Joseph and John Rippon set up shop in Huddersfield, England. It became a thriving business during the transition from horse-drawn vehicles to horseless carriages. In 1905, the Rippon Brothers landed an exclusive deal with Rolls-Royce, becoming an official retailer, while at the same time creating bodies for other high end makes.They described themselves as “motor body builders and designers.”
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