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Willys 'woodless' station wagonBrooks Stevens' woodless Willys Jeep station wagon was designed in 1946 and stayed in production until 1963. The all-steel body was efficient to mass-produce, easy to maintain and safer, yet retained styling elements of the real woodies. Brooks Stevens, an internationally acclaimed industrial designer, also created a spectacular one-off 1937 Packard and the Monart Motors woodie wagon conversions during World War II.

Jeep advertisment from the book Jeep 1942–1986 by Walter Zeichner

1950 Jeep Station Wagon with Mid-States Highlander Body - front view 1950 Jeep Station Wagon with Mid-States Highlander Body - rear view

The presence of mass-produced all-steel Jeep station wagons did not prevent specialty body manufacturers from building real wood wagons on the Willys chassis. Mid-States Body Co., of Waterloo, New York, installed their Campbell Highlander body on this 1950 Willys Jeep pickup/station wagon cowl and chassis.

Photos courtesy of Vern Sessal

Australian Jeep woodie conversion

Australian woodie conversion done on a Jeep for a feature story in 1950 edition of The Station Wagon Manual

Source: The Station Wagon Manual, a book by Keith Wisner

Transition Duriez

After the WW2 The French carrossier Duriez transformed old Citroen C4, Rosalie and Jeep into little trucks known as 'Transition Duriez'. Despite the unlikely appearance, this picture shows a Jeep conversion.

Collection of Thierry Dubois & Route Paris - Côte d'Azur

Postwar Duriez Jeep conversion

WW2 era Jeep modified by the French firm, Duriez. The company was known for its utilitarian wooden conversions of cars and trucks during the metal-scarce years following the war.

Courtesy of Thierry Dubois & Route Paris - Côte d'Azur

French-bodied Jeep Woodie

A French coachbuilder's modification of the American Jeep into a wood-bodied fire fighting squad truck is similar to the work of Duriez.

Thanks to Fer Cools, Photo by Francois-Chevestrier

Jeep 'break bois' bodied by Arnault near Paris

An improbable blend of French coachbuilding and American military vehicle, this 'break bois' was built by the carrossier Arnault in Garches, a suburb west of Paris, around 1950.

Thanks to Thierry Dubois & Route Paris - Côte d'Azur
From the book La Jeep, un défi au temps, by J.G. Jeudy & J.M. Boniface

Jeep shooting brake by John Bruleigh of London

In a similar vein, this Jeep was built by John Bruleigh Ltd of London, England in the fifties. The frame was lengthened 20 inches(51cm). There are two doors on the left side, only one on the right.

Thanks to Thierry Dubois & Route Paris - Côte d'Azur
From the book La Jeep, un défi au temps, by J.G. Jeudy & J.M. Boniface

Jeep CJ phantom woodie in Finland

From Finland, a modern Jeep CJ phantom woodie sports structural wood timbers and panels.

Jeep Wagoneer

The year: 1962. Mickey Mantle was baseball's Most Valuable Player. And the Jeep Brand introduced the revolutionary Wagoneer. A grand slam with the public, Wagoneer covered all the bases by combining car-like comfort with "truck-like" hauling - all in one vehicle. It was also the first vehicle to offer an automatic transmission and four-wheel drive (4WD). In addition, the Wagoneer was the first Jeep vehicle to utilize an independent front suspension (IFS). In 1965, the refined Super Wagoneer - the first true luxury 4x4 - was introduced. Super Wagoneer sported a 270-horsepower four-barrel V8 (327 ci) engine, power steering, tilt steering wheel, tinted windows, power brakes and air conditioning - all standard. With this high level of standard equipment, Super Wagoneer paved the way for the burgeoning luxury sport-utility vehicle (SUV) market of today. 1975 marked the introduction of the available "woody" treatment, a bodyside woodgrain appliqué that became synonymous with later Wagoneers.

Advertising photo & caption courtesy of Wagonmaster

1987 Jeep Grand Wagoneer

In 1984, as Mantle was voted into the Hall of Fame, the last of the great Wagoneers was introduced - the "Grand." Produced until 1991, the Grand Wagoneer was touted as "the ultimate in full size 4WD luxury vehicles." Every comfort feature of the day was standard equipment The Grand Wagoneer's classic styling and woodgrain siding give us a timeless trip to the past - to a true American legend.

Photo and caption courtesy of Wagonmaster

Jeep Liberty & Indian motorcycle concept - SEMA 2001 Show

Decoma Indian Woodie Liberty - Following 2000 SEMA show's Indian Cruiser is the 2001 Indian Liberty. Strangely, the wood almost looks at home on this vehicle. The vinyl woodie motif is by Decoma. The Indian Woodie's most unique feature is a matching Indian Woodie motorcycle with custom trailer.

Courtesy of auto-enthusiast.com

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