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'Woodies' or wooden Station Wagons gain popularity in the late 1930s as a practical vehicle with a body that was easy to build. When the war came petrol rationing was brought in for British motorists, but not for commercial vehicles. A Woody was considered to be a commercial and thus some people bought Woodies to get around rationing. Cars also became subject to 33per cent purchase tax which was not applied to commercials, and again this increased the market for Woodies. In postwar Britain only car manufacturers that could export their products would be supplied with steel, so it was easier to get hold of aluminium and wood than steel. By the 1960s coachbuilding had largely given way to monocoque steel bodies and the Woody was dying. A few manufacturers had a go at decorating their estate cars with wood effect trim, such as Ford Squire, Ford Cortina, and Mini Traveller, but by the mid 1960s the Woody was defunct.
Austin Seven Countryman rear
Austin Seven Countryman. This early Seven does not have the fuel filler on the offside as all later cars did when they adopted the van type fuel tank.
Austin Sixteen BS1 Countryman front
Austin Sixteen BS1 Countryman. The postwar Sixteen used an Austin Twelve body with a new 2199cc 6-cylinder engine. The 'woody' was an option built at Papworth
Ford Deluxe 1940 Station Wagon front
Ford Model 40 Station Wagon. In 1938 Ford USA tried to create an upmarket brand 'Deluxe Ford', this is an example of the 1940 Deluxe Ford V8 with 4-door Station Wagon body 'Woody' Britain produced a similar range of V8 cars but based more on the standard Ford V8 cars.
Ford E93A Prefect Woody front
Ford E93A Prefect Woody. Constructed for the Royal Household for use on the Royal Estate. In the immediate post war years the Woody Station Wagon was popular as it was easily constructed out of wood and aluminium which were more plentiful than steel.
Ford Pilot V8 1951 Shooting Brake front
Ford Pilot V8 1951 Shooting Brake. One of the last Ford Pilots made before the launch of the new Ford Consul and Zephyr cars. Quite a few Ford Pilots were given coachbuilt bodies
Ford Zephyr MkII Woody 1956 rear
Ford Zephyr MkII Woody 1956. Built specially for the Sandringham Estate seating up to 9 people and sometimes driven by Prince Philip
Healey Elliott Woody rear
Healey Elliott Woody. In postwar Britain the Government put restrictions on the supply of steel, linking its release to export sales, thus giving reason to build 'Woodies'out of more plentiful wood and aluminium. Additionally, fully built cars over a certain value attracted massive purchase tax on top of the sales price, whereas cars bought as a chassis and sent to a coachbuilder did not.
Land-Rover Series I 1949 Station Wagon front
Land-Rover Station Wagon 1949. Land-Rover commissioned Tickford Coachbuilders to build a more comfortable version of the rather spartan Land-Rover. In Britain the vehicle attracted huge Purchase Tax so of the 641 built about 590 went to export.
Lea-Francis Fourteen Station Wagon 1953 front
Lea-Francis Fourteen Station Wagon 1953. From 1951 the Fourteen was revised with lower bonnet and new wings incorporating the headlamps.
Morris Isis Traveller Series II front
Morris Isis Traveller Series II. The Series I Isis had not been a big seller, and little was done to improve the Series II. All it got was the same bodywork modifications given to the Series III Oxford. The Traveller Estate was unchanged aft of the front doors.
Morris Minor Series V Traveller rear
Morris Minor Series V 1970 Traveller. Right to the end the Minor kept its ash-frame rear body with aluminium pannelling.
Morris Oxford Series II Traveller rear
Morris Oxford Series II Traveller. Rear bodywork designed by Gerald Palmer
s_Morris Oxford Series II Traveller side
Morris Oxford Series II Traveller. By the time the Morris Oxford Series II was launched in 1954, its designer Alec Issigonis had gone to Alvis. The Traveller body was designed by Gerald Palmer.
key text:  This is the page introducing Simons love of cars from the website  RedSimon which is a series of photo albums of Simon GP Geoghegan.
The names of Pinin, Farina, and Pininfarina are also considered
There are also notes on Pininfarina
as well as the car maker
and links tothat car maker
see also my Picasa car albums
withe even more on RedSimon
Simon is also a contributor to SuperCars.Net
And also to Wikipedia
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