The Classic Woodie

The Classic Woodie

The era of Woodie cars in America ranged from the 1930s, through the 1990s, and continues today. The trend has spread to house boats, trailers, and other forms, sometimes to replicate the style and at times to bridge resource constraints with an attractive solution that has become recognizable as, “Woodie”.

I think the style is awesome for custom trailers, cargo racks, and tiny homes. Partially to capitalize on being able to incorporate more recycled materials into projects while leveraging environmentally superior technologies to keep units operating longer, whatever the environment. But the other huge upside in the style itself is they reflect a certain resourcefulness.

The Woodie style, characterized by wooden-bodied station wagons, emerged in the United States during the 1930s and 1940s, overlapping with the Great Depression. While I don’t know anything concrete that attributes the entire style to the Depression, some things during the era seem to have influenced the style’s evolution.

During the Great Depression, many Americans faced financial hardships, which led to a focus on practicality and affordability. Woodies were initially built on pre-existing car chassis and featured wooden bodies because wood was cheaper and more readily available than steel. This made them a more affordable option for families needing a versatile vehicle for transportation and leisure activities.

Additionally, the rise of leisure activities such as camping, surfing, and beach outings contributed to the popularity of Woodies. Their spacious interiors and ability to carry large groups of people and equipment made them ideal for outdoor adventures. So while the Depression era played a role in shaping the practical and utilitarian aspects of Woodies, I think the biggest reason I’m so into them is they really were a key style America used to discover their country and get around for activities.


Author Since: March 21, 2023