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An excerpt from the Station Wagon Manual, published 1950 in Australia

Design for the period of Chassis

Models illustrated below show how a body can be kept in harmony with the vintage or size of chassis.  For Instance, Fig. 1 shows a low h.p. Two Door Design.  Fig. 2 for the medium h.p. class.  Fig. 3 shows a modern-door American type.  Costs could be saved by making the second doors dummy.  Fig. 4 fits the 1930 class.  Fig. 5 is for pre-war American cars.  Figs. 6, 7 and 8 are glamourized versions of today's chassis.  the utility of a station wagon's rear doors is enhanced by a low floor when it is to be used for carrying goods.  It should be free from the internal elbows of the petrol-filler pipe and the tanks themselves should nestle as low as possible to save flooring height.

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From:
The Station Wagon Manual
"Current Styles from all parts of the World and Plans for Building Bodies"
Published 1950 by Motor Manual, Melbourne, Australia. Illustrations by G.R.Nisbey

From the collection of David Miller, graphic adaptation © 2000 David Miller
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