GalleryWoodies Throughout the World - 1920 to 1939
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Early 1920's Szawe built by Szabo & Wechselmann, a coachbuilder in Berlin after the first World War. Their elegant bodies soon guaranteed enough customers. So they made a deal with NAG, a German carmaker of those times to supply several specially-modified chassises for them. In 1921 the first Szawe appeared. The body was designed by Ernst Neumann-Neander, respected German flyer and later constructor of a wild three-wheeler. Until 1924 several cars were made on NAG bases. Szawe was the "German Rolls-Royce" before Horch and Maybach became big guns. In 1924 the project folded. This is the only car known to survive and it is now exhibited at the Danish Aviation & Transport Museum in Helsingør, Denmark.
1924 S.C.A.T. Ceirano By 1923, company founder Giovanni Ceirano had control of the company again from Hispano-Suiza. This svelte wood-decked skiff proved the company had not lost it's touch. But finances again suffered and the company was absorbed into the Fiat Group in 1929.
Photo courtesy of Historické Automobily (Czech)
1930 Minerva 40 hp The Belgian-built Minerva was known for their quiet running and mechanical refinement. The splendid boatdecked touring body had vee-screens for separate front and rear cockpits.
Caption and drawing from: 'Automobiles and Automobiling'
1937 Savio 508C Giardiniera, built by Carrozzeria Savio, was based on the Fiat 508 L/1100 and was one of the first woodie wagons produced in Italy.
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