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June 16, 2022

30 Stunning Vintage Photos of Woody Station Wagons From the 1960s and 1970s

The iconic American woody (or woodie) wagon dates back to the very beginning of automobile manufacture when car frames were originally made of timber. As metal took over and timber content diminished throughout the 1920s, certain models stubbornly refused to go all-metal. The sheer craftsmanship required to fashion doors, frames and panels out of wood necessitated more time, care and cost. As a result, station wagons with wooden bodies took on an aura of prestige and old world elegance. Pulling up to the country club or golf course in a wooden-bodied wagon became fashionable.

The woody wagon was popular right up into the 1950s where the trend fizzled out. By the mid-50s it has become too expensive to make the wood panels, so manufacturers were experimenting with plastic materials and faux wood panels. Chevrolet came out with a “tin woody” where they were able to create faux wood panels out of tin.
Soon after World War II woody wagons got a new lease on life out west in California. Surfers would load their boards on top of a big flat topped woody wagon to go to the beach. Used woody wagons were all cheap to buy. They became synonymous with the surf culture there. That is why today you generally see a surf board atop an old woody wagon when you see them at car shows. In the 1960s, Hollywood made the surf culture famous with its “Beach Blanket Bingo” movies featuring teen stars Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon.

From time to time a wood paneled station wagon would appear from an American automobile manufacturer. Chrysler, Ford, Chevrolet, Pontiac, Plymouth, Dodge, AMC and even Honda was still making woody station wagons in the 1980s. Chrysler came out with a woody Lebaron convertible in those years also. Jeep continued the wood panel look on their Jeep Wagoneer thru the 1990s.  Chrysler vans and PT Cruisers continued the wood panel look into the next century.
1960 Mercury Colony Park station wagon

1960 Mercury Colony Park station wagon

1963 Ford Falcon Squire station wagon

1963 Mercury Colony Park station wagon

1963 Mercury Comet station wagon

1966 Dodge Monaco station wagon

1966 Ford Fairlane station wagons

1966 Mercury Comet station wagons

1967 Ford station wagon

1968 Ford Country Squire station wagon

1968 Ford Country Squire station wagon

1968 Ford Country Squire station wagon

1968 Ford Torino Squire and Country Squire station wagons

1968 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser station wagon

1968 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser station wagon

1970 Buick Estate station wagon

1970 Chevrolet Kingwood Estate station wagon

1971-72 Ford Country Squire wagon

1972 Chevrolet station wagons

1972 Ford station wagons

1972 Ford Torino station wagon

1973 Ford station wagons

1974 Ford Torino station wagon

1975 Ford Country Squire station wagon

1975 Ford Pinto station wagon

1975-76 Dodge Monaco

1976 Ford Pinto station wagon

1978 Chrysler LeBaron station wagon

1978 Dodge Aspen station wagon

1978 Ford van and station wagons


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