3 Things You Didn’t Know About Woody Body-Style Cars

Few images conjure up feelings of nostalgia more than the woodie-style station wagon. First introduced in the 30s and 40s, the wood bodywork was thought to augment the car’s structure and make it safer and stronger overall. At Show Cars of Boca Raton, we have several Ford Woody custom station wagons for sale that are in excellent condition, and we encourage you to check out our inventory. When you read the specs for our 1937 Ford Woody custom for sale, you’ll notice the superior craftsmanship that went into its construction. Here are three things you didn’t know about the Ford Woody station wagon.

1. The earliest woodies were wagons and utility depot hack wagons, which were direct descendants of horse-drawn express wagons, primarily used to transport passengers and freight goods from railway stations.

The companies that created these horse drawn wagons had experience building similar vehicles, and adapted their horse-drawn designs to create small coachbuilders. These early models helped transform the 19th century horse-and-buggy economy into a motorized one.

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2. While The Great Depression put many smaller custom wood body makers out of business, Ford continued to thrive.

Ford, on the other hand, who had major timber resources near Lake Superior in Michigan, continued to gain experience in wood manufacturing, and in 1936, they opened a plant at Iron Mountain that built complete wood wagon bodies that were shipped to Ford plants around the country for final assembly. Ford continued to be the only manufacturer building woodies from the ground up.

3. During the late 1930s and 1940s, as the United States began to recover economically, the Woody was perceived to be an upscale vehicle associated with luxury.

Ford continued to thrive in its production: In 1940 alone, Ford sold 10,000 redesigned Standard and DeLuxe station wagons, and Chrysler introduced its first car-quality woody, the Town & Country in March 1941. While most automobile manufacturing ceased at the beginning of World War II, Ford produced a small number of Ford and Mercury woody station wagons and ambulances for the war effort.

Our beautiful 1937 Ford Woody custom for sale station wagon is something you won’t want to miss. This gorgeous custom build took years to complete, and its full restoration quality is stunning. We encourage you to check out our wide vehicle inventory selection of expertly restored vehicles.




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