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After drying, the body was lightly sanded and a final coating of varnish was applied. From there, it went on to the trim line for interior fittings, minor electrical work and the installation of the seats. The latter models were powered by Packard's ci "straight-eight" engine. Both the Packard One-Ten and the One-Twenty wagons featured ash frames and birch panels, with a mahogany-paneled version available at extra cost.
Either model could carry eight passengers, but the eight-cylinder One-Twenty offered more comfort with an extra five-inches of rear-seat legroom. It was also the last year for free-standing headlamps. Woodies weren't very profitable for car manufacturers. They were labor intensive to produce and hand-assembled. In , Chevrolet's eight-passenger wood-bodied wagon continued to be their most expensive, and least popular model. A total of 4, were built that year.
By , the Woody wagon would be gone from Chevy's line-up. Ford woody wagons up to were all wood from the cowl back, with the exception of the rear fenders. On to models, real wood attached to the steel body on the doors, sides and tailgate.
Starting in , all Ford station wagons were steel-bodied. Late in , the mahogany paneling on Ford wagons was replaced with Di-Noc plastic vinyl sheeting bonded to steel panels. Chrysler had been using this trimming idea on their Town and Country models since Chrysler ultimately stopped using Di-Noc and converted over to body color panels and wood framing in mid The last wood-body Pontiac was the Streamliner Wagon.
Approximately 1, were built. Plymouth discontinued their Woodie station wagon in Buick's Super Estate and Roadmaster Estate Wagons were the last production American station wagons to have real wood construction. By the mid-fifties, car manufacturers produced steel bodies only, due to their durability and lower cost. As Woodies became older and more affordable, they passed into the hands of younger drivers, most notably surfers on the America's West coast.
Along with the language, clothes, and music, the Woodie Wagon became a part of s California surf culture. Old Woodies require considerable more maintenance than conventional steel-bodied wagons. They needed to be washed more frequently, and protected against rain, road grime, and road salt.
Mercury had that Villager name going and it wasn't going to let it go to waste, gluing the faux-wood paneling on to the unsuspecting Bobcat that was just minding its own business sitting on the assembly line. The same thing, it should be noted, happened to the Pinto Squire. The Pinto and the Bobcat were very small cars for the time, hatchbacks really, and the woody paneling gave them a slightly more substantial, expensive look that hid their plebeian roots to some degree.
Pinto enthusiasts claim to not have seen them in ages, so that's saying something. Verdict: This is just too small a wagon for woody siding to work properly. A wagon that's smaller than the big and bigger than the small. With a load capacity only pounds less than that of a full-sized wagon and over pounds more than that of a subcompact wagon. Like the car above, it's just too small and too boxy a wagon for this to work properly.
Glovebox items: phone listings of closest Dodge dealers, unpaid parking tickets, extra interior bulbs. Not in a condition that you'd want. Verdict: The previous-generation Aspen pulled off the woody look better. On this Aspen the siding looks like stickers bought in a store By the year of the Lake Placid winter Olympics, Toyota already had a firm grasp of the American market—at least when it came to compact sedans. To take on the Detroit automakers, Toyota needed a station wagon that would offer everything the domestic wagons offered, and this meant adding a pair of vinyl woody sides.
If you squint really hard you can sort of see a Dodge Aspen wagon, which is no doubt what Toyota was going for. The wood trim certainly makes it more interesting today than it did back in , though few buyers were persuaded by this niching exercise. In a brown color, the vinyl panels are drowned out visually.
Just barely, though the best examples have already been saved and are now cruising Portland and the San Francisco bay area. We don't know if we'd associate the Escort with the British country lifestyle. The Land Rover Defender certainly, but not the Escort. The Escort debuted for the model year when it was Morning Again in America, with a fresh new angular look, a thrifty 1.
Billed somewhat misleadingly as a world car, it shared some mechanicals with the European version of the car and debuted at a time when gasoline was becoming cheap again. But Ford still had plenty of faux-wood siding left over from the heyday of station wagons, and it was otherwise going to just sit around. Accordingly, the Escort station wagon received a generous helping of siding framed by a thick light-colored outline for a dash of style.
The Escort was too small to pull off the woody look properly -- the thing was the size of a hatchback in comparison with the galleons still offered by other domestic marques. Small cars were still treated as disposable, and it's hard enough finding a debut-year station wagon in the first place.
It would have to be a barn-find. Verdict: There are still Ford Escorts on the road. But few look like this. This perhaps lands in the Innocent Bystander category—but Buick wagons of the same vintage wore this well. Demonstrating the reach of the GM J platform, GM's Oldsmobile division offered a Firenza Cruiser station wagon starting with the model year, in an apparent effort to plug every niche with every brand.
The Firenza received woodgrain appliques along with flashy multispoke wheelcovers, some of which actually stayed on the car past the first month of ownership. It actually does, as it otherwise would have been indistinguishable from other J-body cars of the time, of where there were millions. Glovebox items: Logray the Ewok action figure, junior soccer league schedule, Rubik's Cube. Yes, but only because their contemporaries are still on the roads.
But this was a niche item even among Oldsmobiles of the same model years. Verdict: This worked for Buick wagons of the time, but we're not sure what became of these Firenza wagons. Car Life. Type keyword s to search. Today's Top Stories. Pontiac Acadian. The Canada-only Pontiac Acadian got a generous helping of vinyl siding. GM felt the Jimmy needed an estate look of sorts.
The woody siding worked better on cars that had slabby sides. Here it looks sprayed on. Wagons large and small got the woody treatment. Dodge's small wagon got some woody siding despite its position at the bottom of the range. Now here's a true artifact of the Late Malaise era. Related Story.
This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses. You may be able to find more information about this and similar content at piano. Wood construction was evoked abstractly on the Nissan Pao and Ford Flex — with a series of horizontal grooves and strakes. As a variant of body-on-frame construction, the woodie as a utility vehicle or station wagon originated from the early practice of manufacturing the passenger compartment portion of a vehicle in hardwood.
It was a modern interpretation of an earlier horse-drawn wagon called a shooting brake which was made entirely of wood used to transport hunting spoils, gun racks, and ammunition on shooting trips. They were typically manufactured as third-party conversions of regular vehicles—some by large, reputable coachbuilding firms and others by local carpenters and craftsmen for individual customers.
They could be austere vehicles, with side curtains in lieu of roll-up windows e. In , Chrysler discontinued their woodie station wagons on DeSoto , Dodge and Plymouth station wagons. Buick's Super Estate Wagon and Roadmaster Estate Wagon were the last production American station wagons to retain real wood construction. Other marques by then were touting the advantages of "all-steel" construction to the buying public. By , only Ford and Mercury , joined in by Chrysler , offered a "woodie" appearance — evoking real wood with other materials including steel, plastics and DI-NOC a vinyl product.
As the appearance became popular, Ford, GM, and Chrysler offered multiple models with the woodgrain appearance until the early s. The British Motor Corporation BMC offered the Morris Minor Traveller —71 with wood structural components and painted aluminum infill panels—the last true mass-produced woodie. Morris' subsequent Mini Traveller —9 employed steel infill panels and faux wood structural members.
After the demise of models using actual wood construction, manufacturers continued to evoke wood construction with sheet-vinyl appliques of simulated wood grain, sometimes augmented with three-dimensional, simulated framework, and later by a simple series of indented grooves in the bodywork. The Chevrolet Caprice in its second season, added to the four-door hardtop body style a full line of models including a vinyl-wood trimmed station wagon, the Caprice Estate.
Dodge also reintroduced simulated wood the same year. Ford marketed the Ford Pinto Squire with vinyl simulated wood trim in the early s. When Chevrolet proposed a simulated woodgrain option for the Chevy Vega Kammback wagon for the model year, after a gap of four years of applying woodgrain film on the Caprice , the Vega's production schedule made smooth application of the applique difficult without wrinkles and heavy scrappage — requiring retraining by the film supplier, 3M.
Chevrolet offered a simulated woodie version of the Chevette in , and AMC offered the Pacer wagon with optional simulated wood trim in Ford also marketed version of their Ranchero model, a coupe utility produced between and with an open bed like a pickup truck but from a station wagon platform, with simulated woodgrain siding.
In , Ford produced a minivan prototype that offered a woodgrain appearance the preceded the Chrysler minivan, called the Ford Carousel , but it was not put into production. Introduced in , the Ford Escort and Mercury Lynx four-door wagons offered optional simulated wood trim. GM offered its full-size wagons in wood trim versions until their final year in As the station wagon declined in North America , manufacturers offered faux wood trim on SUVs and minivans e.
Chrysler offered simulated wood as an option for the Chrysler PT Cruiser , introduced in —and aftermarket firms offered kits as well. In , George Barris created a woodie version of the Smart Fortwo , an aftermarket firm offered a simulated wood kit for the same car,  and GM displayed a prototype woodie version of the forthcoming Chevrolet Spark for the Paris Motor Show.
Introduced in , the Ford Flex featured a series of side and rear horizontal grooves intended to evoke a woodie look—without either wood or simulated wood. Car Design News said the styling references "a previous era without resorting to obvious retro styling cues.
Buick Roadmaster Estate , the US' last full-sized station wagon. Columbia Pictures' top-grossing film for the s, director John Stahl 's Leave Her to Heaven starring Gene Tierney and Cornel Wilde , features a "woodie" station wagon early in the film. Many other American movies from the s also feature woodies. The woodie was also closely associated with surfers and Surf-rock , e.
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