Wood-bodied station wagons, known as Woodies, may be gone, but are certainly not forgotten. When new, they were often priced higher than regular models, and were popular in affluent American communities during the 1930s and 1940s.
Woodies required considerable more maintenance than a conventional steel-bodied wagons. They needed to be washed more frequently, and protected against rain, road grime, road salt. Weather-worn panels needed replacement, and nuts and bolts holding them onto the car's body needed going over periodically.
Gradually, wood-bodied wagons fell out of favor, and by the mid-1950s, all-steel bodies were used exclusively because of their strength, durability, and lower cost.
As Woodies became older and affordable, they passed into the hands of younger drivers, most notably surfers on the America's West coast. Along with the language, clothes, and music, the Woody Wagon has become part of 1960s California surf culture.
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