GalleryFrench Woodies - 1940 to 1949
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1946 Delahaye 135M three-door break de chasse (shooting brake) won the Woody Cup at the 11th Louis Vuitton Classic at the Hurlingham Club, London in June 2000. The coachbuilder of this unique shooting brake fitted to a thoroughbred 135 chassis is unknown. Its few discerning owners included the Delahaye works driver Marcel Mongin and later a French sculptor. Although partly restored in 1991, it survives in highly original condition and was the talk of a recent Goodwood Revival race paddock.
1947/48 Ford F472 Post-war shortages of steel had their effect on vehicle design. More of necessity than style, Ford of France (formerly Matford) continued building a wood body break de chasse. This body was made by Ford, but some carrossiers also built woodies on the same chassis.
1947/48 Simca 8 Like Ford and Peugeot, Simca made a wooden body commercial car from 1947 to 1948. The principal reason for these postwar woodies was not "esthetic", but the shortage of steel.
1948 Peugeot 402 Canadienne With the production of this attractive Peugeot woodie, the Canadienne model name found broad use in France as a term to describe any wooden station wagon.
1949 Ford S.A.F. Vedette is a one of a kind break de chasse built by the firm of Mignot-Billebault in Boulogne, France.
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