The traditional American wood-bodied car, or “Woody” as we all know them by, evolved from the early days of coach and car body building where a wooden frame was fashioned to form a skeleton, then skinned with a steel or fabric outer shell. Affordable wooden aftermarket bodies were adapted to cars such as the Ford Model T, usually to make utility wagons and trucks. As manufacturers caught up to the aftermarket, the factories began to offer their own wood station wagon bodies, which soon grew in size and complexity and gained a healthy dose of style to complement the function. From the late 1930’s and into the 1940’s, a woody station wagon began to morph from commercial people-mover into a fashionable choice for the type of buyer who could afford both a city and a country home – and needed at least one car at each. Alongside the utilitarian Fords, Chevrolets and Plymouths, higher end manufacturers such as Buick, Chrysler and even Packard joined the woody market.
Chrysler is perhaps best known among all the American manufacturers for producing some of the most innovative and beautiful woodies of the period. In fact, it is Chrysler who is credited with building the first fully styled a
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