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The Top Ten Woodie Cars from Each Decade During the Past 100 Years

Updated on September 16, 2013

Woodie Cars Have Been Popular for Over a Century! What is the One You Like the Best?

Although the Woodie Car was prominent in the 1940s and 1950s, they were around since the late 1910s and still are made today.

Real wood or fake wood? AMC or Ford? Which do you prefer? Your preference is noted and you will be billed for any upgrades.

This website includes ten of the best Woodie Cars from the past century. Be sure to note your favorite and vote at the end.

Undercoating is not included.

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The History of the Woodie Car

The Woodie Car has been around since the early 1900s. Despite seeing their spelling as "Woody" in many references, they are officially known as a "Woodie." In the beginning, they were used for utilitarian purposes. Model T's and other vehicles were converted into small trucks or hauling vehicles.

The look of the wood became popular and the Woodie was born! In addition to the trucks and other hauling vehicles, regular vehicles began being embellished with wood. Real wood was used in the beginning and the last car using wood was in 1953. The demise of actual wood on vehicles was due to increased safety issues and by 1953, manufacturers decided to stop using it. I know that wood continued on the interiors after 1953 because I used to own a 1960s Triumph that had a wood dash and interior door panels.

After 1953, people still wanted the wood look and instead of using wood, metal was either placed on the vehicles to look like wood, or the actual vehicle itself was painted in a wood tone.

Not everyone likes the Woodie Car but there are enough that the vehicles have been continued into the 21st Century with the introduction of the Chevrolet Spark, a vehicle that has a high fuel efficiency and models that are diesel and as of 2011, are electric.

This website shows the best of the best Woodie cars throughout the last century so enjoy and please participate in the polls and leave your comments in the Guestbook.

1910's - 1920's

1910s - 1920's Model T Ford Woodie

1910's - 1920s Model T Ford Woodie
1910's - 1920s Model T Ford Woodie

Woodies and Wagons - A Book with many different types of Woodies

Woodies & Wagons
Woodies & Wagons

More Woodie cars than you will ever see anywhere else, unless you go back in time.

What nostalgia! I love these!

 

Modified 1920s Ford Woodie

1930's

1930's Ford Woodie

1930's Ford Woodie
1930's Ford Woodie

Top Book About Woodie Cars

Woodies
Woodies

This book is the top-selling on Amazon about Woodies. Although there are many photos here, this book is filled with photos and information on this American classic!

If you can't afford a Woodie car, you can get this book for your coffee table and daydream about owning one in the future.

 

1940's

1940's Nash Suburban 4-Door Slipstream Woodie

1940's Nash Suburban 4-Door Slipstream Woodie
1940's Nash Suburban 4-Door Slipstream Woodie

Another 1940's "Woody"

The Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection
The Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection

I grew up with Woody Woodpecker. Well, not in my house, but on my television. Have you ever seen those clips in old shows of kids sitting in the high chair and staring at the TV? Well, that was me. My initials are even "TV" and that probably is not a coincidence!

To learn more about Woody and his history, visit this site.

History of Woody Woodpecker

 

What do you Think of the Woodie Car?

Would you own a Woodie car?

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1950's

1950's Plymouth Woodie Wagon

1950's Plymouth Woodie Wagon
1950's Plymouth Woodie Wagon

Riding in My Car by Woody Guthrie

Riding In My Car
Riding In My Car

Take a ride with Woody in a Woodie across the country! This is a fun book by the famous Woody Guthrie and highlights a family of dogs taking a ride.

Why leave the kids out of the Woody car fun; start them on their journey today!

 

1960's

1960's Ford Country Squire Wagon

1960's Ford Country Squire Wagon
1960's Ford Country Squire Wagon

1970's

Cars of the Sensational '70s, A Decade of Changing Tastes and New Directions
Cars of the Sensational '70s, A Decade of Changing Tastes and New Directions

Put in that Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack and while singing with the Bee Gees, take a look at some of these 70's classic cars.

Some say that these were the best ever made!

 

1970's AMC Pacer Wagon Red Woodie Nashville

1970's AMC Pacer Wagon Red Woodie Nashville
1970's AMC Pacer Wagon Red Woodie Nashville

"Wood Jerry, Wood!" - Kramer must love Woodie cars!

1980's

1980's AMC Eagle Wagon

1980's AMC Eagle Wagon
1980's AMC Eagle Wagon
Cars of American Motors: An Illustrated History
Cars of American Motors: An Illustrated History

If you haven't noticed already, several of the "Woodie" cars are from the American Motors Corporation or AMC. This company was previously "Rambler" and before that, Nash.

My Father was particularly fond of this company as he worked as an auto mechanic for a Government agency. His love for AMC was reflected in the cars we owned. During my early years of driving, I owned several included my first car, a stick shift Rambler that didn't impress the girls too much when driving into the High School parking lot, but it was sure a dependable and fun car to drive.

My Father owned a "Hornet Sportabout Wagon" that was a "Woodie" and I remember this car. As it started to rust away with the Ohio Winters and salt, The wood decals always remained crisp and looking like new.

 

1990's

1990's Jeep Wagoneer

1990's Jeep Wagoneer
1990's Jeep Wagoneer

How do you Like Your Woodie Car?

Real wood or imitation?

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Another "Woody" from the 1990's

2000's

2000's Chrysler PT Cruiser

2000's Chrysler PT Cruiser
2000's Chrysler PT Cruiser

2010's

2010's Chevrolet Spark Woodie

2010's Chevrolet Spark Woodie
2010's Chevrolet Spark Woodie

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      squooshy 3 years ago

      AMC Jeep Grand Wagoneer. Best vehicle ever made!

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      Old Navy Guy 4 years ago

      My Father helped me restore a 1940 Ford Woodie that had belonged to my Grandfather. We removed the original motor which was shot, and replaced it with a Chev 283 V-8, bored out to 301 cu inches with a close mesh 4 speed trans. All wooden panels were removed and the underlying metal surface supports sanded and re-painted before reattaching the newly fiberglassed panels. We did that for strength and durability, as well as to prevent rot and delay new rust. I drove that car through High School and into my first year of college and then it was off to the service. My Father sold the car for me and at the time, I did not give it much thought, but I surely miss that old car today. Thanks for a fun look back.

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      LifeAhead 4 years ago

      I love the old woodies and remember the vinyl wood grain peeling off our '66 Chevy wagon. But I think they should have called it a day in the 1980's. As for the 2010 Spark - throw on some gas because it deserves to burst into flames.

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      CoffeeWriter LM 5 years ago

      They truly are beautiful.

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      Annamadagan 5 years ago

      Great lens.

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      HenkWillemse 5 years ago

      Great lens and some cool woodie cars.

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      AfroMuscle 5 years ago

      I want me a vast american sedan that rides like a magic carpet. Kinda rare in the UK!

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      Maybe in another 20 years all cars will be made out of wood.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Those are some very grooooooovy cars you have up there. Very, very cool lens!

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      anilsaini 5 years ago

      a nice collection on your lens

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      Teri Villars 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @SoutheastCylinderHead: I thought the background was very appropriate. Thanks for the visit.

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      savateuse 5 years ago

      Squidoo just told me that this is my 900th squidlike

      Nice lens!

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      SoutheastCylinderHead 5 years ago

      Hey great background for the lens! Good article on some really cool old machines. Thanks!

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      joannalynn lm 5 years ago

      You showed me some cars I would never have considered Woodies. I am enlightened. I still love the oldies, one with a surfboard strapped on the top. That will always be a Woodie car to me.

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      Senditondown 5 years ago from US

      You have displayed some nice cars. Good job. Have a great father's day weekend.

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      Lareene 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I lot most of them but my favorite is the 1910-1920 Model T Woodie sharp and classy.

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      thundercow 5 years ago

      Awesome lens! Kudos on creativity incorporating so many modules!

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      KevCooper 5 years ago

      I love woodies, You know some guys convert old VW Beetles into replica woodies?

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      FachanwaltMedizinrecht 5 years ago

      Great lense! I have never seen a "woodie" with my own eyes, they are not too popular over here in europe.. but they should be!

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      djroll 5 years ago

      This is a great lens on this wonderful car. I added it to my featured lens on Woodie Surf Wagon I've written on squidoo. You can find it at http://www.squidoo.com/woodie-the-car.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Some Ideas Ideas Last a Lifetime; This one is Indeed a Classic! :D

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      cleanyoucar 5 years ago

      love the collection, really nice!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      great lens on woodies, I wouldn't own one but they are fun to see every so often

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      YogaAngel 5 years ago

      Fun cars! Makes me miss the beach!

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      autofanatic 5 years ago

      I love woodies, they're great. Nice lens. Very well done!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      You left out my personal favorite: the Jeep Grand Wagoneer. The Cherokee Wagoneer (pictured) is nice, but I really love the Grand Wagoneer. I also love that Dr Leo Marvin (Richard Dreyfuss) drove one in the Bill Murray flick, What About Bob?

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      MrInfopreneur 5 years ago

      Never seen a woodie before this lens. Thanks for the entertaining cars

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      allenwebstarme 5 years ago

      Beautiful vintage woodie cars pix.

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      timo5150 lm 5 years ago

      Love the old woodies thanks for remeinding me

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      timo5150 lm 5 years ago

      Love the old woodies thanks for remeinding me

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      KingDavid153 5 years ago

      Fantastic lens, Great job.

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      microfarmproject 5 years ago

      Thanks for the nostalgia. I learned a lot and enjoyed reading!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love woodies, especially the ones from the 40s. I've mainly seen them in old movies, but I've seen some gorgeous cars shown by a local club. BTW, nice use of the new theme. :)

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      When I was a kid my aunt and uncle had a woody station wagon and I wanted to have one so bad... but my father didn't like them :) Blessed!

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      rallo-smith 5 years ago

      Great lens! I enjoyed the trip down memory lane.

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      dream1983 5 years ago

      Fantastic lens, Great job. Squidlike

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      Chazz 5 years ago from New York

      Great lens - like that you included the other "Woody" too - I remember standing on the running board of an uncle's old woody when I was a kid - we all thought it was a cool car even then.

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      Chazz 5 years ago from New York

      Great lens - like that you included the other "Woody" too - I remember standing on the running board of an uncle's old woody when I was a kid - we all thought it was a cool car even then.

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      curtmaxwall 5 years ago

      woody lens!... good collection of wood cars of all time.. loved it..

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      biminibahamas 5 years ago

      TeeHEEE ... what a fun lens!

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      BowWowBear 5 years ago

      Great fun lens with lots of tie-ins. Good humor made for fun reading. Thanks for sharing!

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      McBub-Squidoo 5 years ago

      Nice cars. Hope I can get one one day.

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      raerenzi 5 years ago

      A trip down memory lane! My family had a Woodie in the 60's. Loved it.

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      dellgirl 5 years ago

      Congratulations on making Popular Pages - Featured Lenses. I like that 1910s - 1920s Model T Ford Woodie, very nice.

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      kevinnorte 5 years ago

      Nice article and pictures, that kramer bit had me lol :) snel afvallen hoe

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      Stephanie 5 years ago from DeFuniak Springs

      Great lens! I really enjoyed reading and viewing the pictures. Too cool!

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      Clairissa 5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      Great lens and I loved the way you organized the information on Woodie Cars. It was an interesting read. I do remember my aunt had a jeep with the wood in it. They certainly have a very unique look. :)

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      Karnel 5 years ago from Lower Mainland of BC

      We used to have a station wagon with wood on it when I was growing up, now I feel old, great topic

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      One of our neighbors has a Woodie, probably from the 50s or 60s. It was nice to see them broken down by decade. I enjoyed your photos very much.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Well the new wood theme certainly brought you a Woddie inspiration that is a perfect fit! Woodies have always drawn my eye with real wood but you don't see many in the north country since salt is used on the roads and wood doesn't get along well with it. I got a kick out of the other "Woody's" you fit in...gotta go with the grain and have some fun!

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      UKGhostwriter 5 years ago

      There's something special about real wood - fantastic lens!

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      hntrssthmpsn 5 years ago

      So cool... a chronological parade of woodies!

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      PaigSr 5 years ago from State of Confussion

      With a topic like this they could not have come out with a better back ground.

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      goldenrulecomics 5 years ago

      We had a woodie station wagon when I was a little child. Spent many a ride rolling around in the back without a seat belt!

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      Nicole Pellegrini 5 years ago from New Jersey

      Too much fun. We had a station wagon back in the 70s/80s that was a woodie...I forget the exact model today but this lens made me think of it.

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      Rosaquid 5 years ago

      Great nostalgia here! I like the look of the lens on the new wood page, too! Great lens.

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      jlshernandez 5 years ago

      My dad drove a 1947 Plymouth woodie wagon and then my older brother inherited it. My mom sold it to a mechanic for almost nothing. Too bad.

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      jlshernandez 5 years ago

      My dad drove a 1947 Plymouth woodie wagon and then my older brother inherited it. My mom sold it to a mechanic for almost nothing. Too bad.

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      They are definitely unique. Love the look.

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      ceejaycmarshall 5 years ago

      Great lens, the Kramer clip really made it perfect. :)