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British Woodies - 1930 to 1939

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1930 Rolls-Royce Skiff

1930 20/25 hp Rolls-Royce skiff - It is not a shooting brake, but this mahogany-clad skiff is worthy of consideration. Initially it bore a saloon body built by Barker, an English coachbuilder in business since 1703. Chassis # GDP14

Photo: Ian Dawson in Great Marques: Rolls-Royce, a book by Jonathan Wood

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1932 Rolls-Royce Phantom II shooting brake at the 1998 Concours on Rodeo. Bodied by Bohman and Schwartz of Pasadena, California, this former Phantom II Henley Roadster was converted to this current "shooting brake/estate" coachwork for a trip to Africa that never happened as WW2 heated up.

Photo © Kevin Terry courtesy KT's Motorsports Garage.com

1933 Rolls-Royce 20/25 bodied by Rippon Bros.

1933 Rolls-Royce 20/25 shooting brake bodied by Rippon Brothers of Huddersfield, England. This car sold May 18, 2002 at Christie's Collectors' Car Auction at Rockefeller Center in New York, NY (Sale 1070, Lot 23).

Source: Christies

Riley Monaco Estate Riley Monaco Shooting Brake

Mid-thirties Riley Monaco, registration GX7606, with a handsome period estate body conversion.

Photos courtesy of Rob's Riley Pages

1935 Rolls-Royce bodied by Park Ward

1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25 - Chassis registration GLH51, "Utility Body" by Park Ward

Photo courtesy Rolls-Royce Owners Club

1935 Rolls-Royce humpback woodie

This 1935 Rolls-Royce, with an unusual 'hump-back' shooting brake body, now serves up T-shirts inside Ron Johns' Surf Shop in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This is probably the only occasion the vehicle has been within sight of a surfboard.

Photo by David Miller

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1935 Bentley 3½ Liter, #B80DG, Johns Brothers Shooting brake. Ein "Woodie" als Aufbau zählt zu den Raritäten auf dem Fahrgestell des "Silent Sports Car"

Courtesy of Rolls-Royce & Bentley Photos, Reports and Books
© Copyright 1997-2000 K.-J. Roßfeldt

1937 Ford Pilot woody 1937 Ford Pilot woodie

This very original 1937 Ford may have been produced in Canada with right-hand-drive and exported to Great Britain as hostilities worsened. It is currently being restored in England by the owner, Bob Brewer.

Courtesy of Lincolnshire Vintage Vehicle Society (UK)

Ford (U.K.) 'Lord Freddie March' shooting break

Julian Pennell's 1938 'Brakenvan' was designed by Lord Freddie March as a "Multi-purpose covered brake for sportsman and estate owners". Based on the 10hp Ford Prefect E93A, the bodies were manufactured and sold commercially in the U.K.

Photo & information courtesy of Brian Shields

'Tulipwood' 1939 Lagonda Rapide

Looking suspiciously like the 1924 Hispano-Suiza 'Tulipwood' Torpedo, the 'Tulipwood' 1939 Lagonda Rapide V-12 attracted much attention at the 2000 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. Nine long-chassis cars were fitted with a wooden body between 1937 and 1939, making them lighter than conventional cars. Fitted with an aluminum twin-cam Bentley engine, two cars claimed first and second place in class at the 1937 24-hour Le Mans race.

Photo & caption courtesy of MotorTrend.com

Wolseley 25hp Shooting Brake

Allstair Duncan's Wolseley 25 shooting Brake. The Wolseley 25 had a 141" wheelbase and was produced from 1938 until 1948. The 25 was built in very small numbers as a formal limousine, this woodie is a notable exception. Despite its traditional, almost elderly appearance the 25 (so called due to its 25hp) produced nearly 110bhp thanks to its twin SU carburettors giving the car fair performance.

Photo by John Baird, Chairman, Scottish BMC Car Club
Seen on Wolseley Car Club of Australia
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