The Top Ten Woodie Cars from Each Decade During the Past 100 Years
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.
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
Woodies and Wagons - A Book with many different types of Woodies
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 Ford Woodie
Top Book About Woodie Cars
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 Nash Suburban 4-Door Slipstream Woodie
Another 1940's "Woody"
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?
1950's Plymouth Woodie Wagon
Riding in My Car by Woody Guthrie
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 Ford Country Squire Wagon
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
"Wood Jerry, Wood!" - Kramer must love Woodie cars!
1980's AMC Eagle Wagon
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.