GalleryAmerican Woodie Autos - 1940 to 1944
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Clark Gable and his new 1940 Buick Estate Wagon starred in a Buick magazine advertisment. The car was one of only 501 produced for that model year and listed for $1242.
Information: Seventy Years of Buick by George Dammann
Peter Morse's 1940 Ford Super Deluxe station wagon pulling a 25 foot 1940 Garwood triple cockpit runabout makes for a spectacular combination --- even without the gorgeous scenery.
Photo courtesy Peter Morse
Bruce and Gretchen Duykers 1941 Chevrolet is one of only 300 Cantrell bodied Chevy wagons built that year. Campbell produced 2045. Only four Campbells and five Cantrells are known to exist today. For more information, contact the 1941 Chevrolet Woodie Registry.
Photo courtesy Jim Esposito
1941 Ford Deluxe station wagon, seen here in a Ford photo, was aimed directly at the 'horsey' set. The slightly more expensive Super Deluxe version, at $1015, was the most expensive Ford since the Model A Town car.
Information: Ninety Years of Ford by George Dammann
The Willys-Overland Company's last civilian effort before switching to war production was the Willys Americar, which included this rare 1941 Willys Americar woodie station wagon in its lineup.
Photo and caption from West of Laramie, an online book by Richard Wright
The 1941 Packard station wagon offering had bodies built by Hercules. A total of 358 were reported to have been produced on 122" Model 110 and 127" Model 120 chassis, in both standard and deluxe models.
Coachcraft (USA) custom station wagon built on a new 1941 Series 61 Cadillac chassis for cowboy actor Charles "Will" Starrett. He was known as the Durango Kid and wore a white stetson like all the "good guys" in the pre- and early post-war Western movies. He used to camp in the wagon while on shooting location
Photos and caption courtesy The (new) Cadillac Database©
Nine hundred ninety-nine barrel-back 1942 Chrysler Town & Country station wagons were made before war ended production. It would be 1949 before Chrysler built another station wagon.
Information: 70 Years of Chrysler by George Dammann
The 1942 Cantrell-bodied Hudson Super-Six Station Wagons were just about the end of the line for Hudson's wooden wagons. The manufacturer had long been dedicated to the strength and safety of steel construction and station wagon production never resumed after World War II, except for six wagons built for the company's own use in 1946. In 1948 Don Butler, at the time a designer for Hudson, did produce several unauthorized drawings depicting a stunning wood-sided wagon and sedan. Management never saw them.
As the United States drew closer to involvement in World War II, metal supplies were constrained. To meet the need for higher occupancy automobiles, Brooks Stevens designed the Monart Motors wooden body conversion for Ford and Mercury sedans and coupes. The original doors were painted for a woodgrain effect and non-structural wood trim was used to enhace the design. A 1942 Mercury is pictured here. None are known to exist today.
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