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America’s woodie wagon history

Motoring Research Logo By John Redfern of Motoring Research | Slide 2 of 32: Timber structures were used from the beginning of automobile manufacturing, so the earliest woodie wagons took advantage of body-on-frame construction. Traditionally built by third-party companies from a bare rolling chassis, in 1934 Plymouth began offering a finished woodie direct to customers. The Westchester featured luxurious leather upholstery and removable rear seats for increased practicality, pre-dating modern SUVs by decades. Just 35 examples were sold.

1934 Plymouth Westchester Semi-Sedan Suburban

Timber structures were used from the beginning of automobile manufacturing, so the earliest woodie wagons took advantage of body-on-frame construction. Traditionally built by third-party companies from a bare rolling chassis, in 1934 Plymouth began offering a finished woodie direct to customers.

The Westchester featured luxurious leather upholstery and removable rear seats for increased practicality, pre-dating modern SUVs by decades. Just 35 examples were sold.

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