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smoke1924 Hispano-Suiza 'Tulipwood' skiff drawn by Pierre DuMont

1924 Hispano-Suiza 'Tulipwood' skiff drawn by Pierre DuMont

The twenties were the heyday of the European woodie. Two distinctly different styles emerged - utilitarian rural wagons and svelte boat-tail skiffs.

In the years immediately following the First World War, commercial vehicles were scarce, and steel was scarcer still. French automotive manufacturers met the need with sturdy wood bodied open wagons and canopy express wagons.

Meanwhile, back at the manse, aristocratic Euros were finding that driving was fun. Small, sporty cars can put a smile on anyone's face - and boat-tailed skiffs were just the vehicle to do it. The pedigree came from several generations of motorboats with a dash of WWI combat aeroplane. The carrossorie of Jean Henri Labourdette established the style that has been emulated all the way to Pebble Beach.




1920 to 1929 French Woodies:
Utilitarian Wagons | Boat-tail Skiffs

 

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