The 'Woody' evolved from the first generation of automobiles which were 'open air'. In 1922 Essex introduced the first affordable enclosed sedan. Other manufacturers followed, framing their vehicles with wood panels. By 1929, Ford Motors was the biggest producer of wood panel station wagons, even owning its own forest and lumber mills. A decade a later, Chrysler would be building the most prestigious wood bodied station wagon, the Chrysler Town and Country.
After WWII, manufacturing switched to peace time pursuits and started building all steel station wagon bodies.
In the 1950s and 60s the surfing culture discovered the used woody wagons to carry their surfing equipment, being used and more affordable than the new steel autos.
Today, Woodies are very sought after as icons from the heyday of surfing in California.
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Noel_Byrne (26109) 2014-08-22 11:55
Interesting note, I never knew these cars to be associated with surfing. Although I saying that, I only really know the 1980s versions which are still with wood panel for effect, and I always thought they looked like wardrobes on wheel! This is a beautiful example of the style, the owner has kept or restore it to its true glory. This is yet another fascinating car to my eyes, I have actually never seen one of these before. Thanks as always for sharing.
tyro (21126) 2014-08-22 15:51
This is a lovely photograph of a real Station Wagon - or, as we call them here in Britain - an Estate Car. Modern versions of these vehicles just seem to have some wood (or even plastic wood look-alike) stuck on the sides of them, but this is an original station wagon (or estate car) in which the wood and panels are actually part of the structure of the vehicle.
This one is in beautiful condition, complete with its open "suicide" door and the gleam off the coachwork and the woodwork is fabulous.
P.S. I've read that you have to be quite careful driving these sorts of cars through barriers in the likes of car parks because there have been a few instances when the barrier (sensing a large metal object) opened - but came down too early as it didn't "see" any metal in the rear part of the car, so causing damage.
emka (82596) 2014-08-23 0:04
Another nice old car. My elder son, when he was a kid, ws fascinated with old cars, knew much about them. So when it was an occasion I went with him if there ws an exhibition. Some of this fascination remained in me. This one with wood looks beautiful. It would be a joy to gi=o by it.
I see from your comments you still think about your lost love from the past. I am in nostalgic mood but with the same husband :). Warm rrgards Malgo
aliabazari (16050) 2014-09-14 22:02
Hi Ray dear
A good view of this lovely classic car. Composition and lighting is well done. Thank you for recording this nice picture