Hat tips today to “Chris-to-Fear” and “Popcorn.”
The 1951 Packard El Paso is the Packard station wagon that never was. It is a genuine Packard and it is a genuine woody, but it is not a genuine Packard woody. Tune in again next Tuesday for the full story!
Station wagons appeared early in auto history. The body form became popular particularly in the U.S. and Canada. In the ’50s through the ’70s, wagons were the ubiquitous symbol of growing suburban life. From the early years of the body form into the early ’50s, the rear of the wagons was often formed by woodwork. The obvious drawbacks to auto bodies made from wood on the manufacturing side is the amount of hand labor, making the woody bodies expensive to build. From the vehicles’ owners side, the amount of upkeep to properly maintain the wood is problematical. All of that said, woody wagons (as well as other body forms where wood was used) are enormously popular with collectors. Today, with hat tips to “Chris-to-Fear” and “Popcorn,” we have a gallery of woody cars.
Above: In the late ’30s, Packard offered woody wagons on the “Junior” series chassis. Below: post war, Packard had woodies built on the “bathtub” body in their portfolio. Today it is not unusual for the postwar Packard woodies to sell for $100,000.
Woodies from “the General” – Above: Pontiac; Below: Buick
Below: a collection of Mopar woodies demonstrating that not all woodies were wagons:
Below: Mopar woodies – Chrysler and Plymouth wagons, followed by a collection of other Chrysler-brand woodies.
Below: details of woody construction
Hat tip: “Cousin Mary”
The first drive-through gas station was opened by Gulf Oil in Pittsburgh, PA