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Woodies Throughout the World - 1950 to 1959

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This Soviet Moskvich 422 was produced from 1949 to 1956. The paint on the wood in the photos is not original. This wagon was derived from the pre-war Opel Kadett K38 --- not surprising, as the entire Opel factory in Rüsselsheim, Germany was transported to Moscow after WW2. Most were manufactured as panel wagons, without rear side glass. Private ownership was prohibited, and examples are extremely rare.

Photos courtesy Andrei Bogomolov and his Old Timers web site (Russia)
Artists rendering - source: SovAvto (Russia)

1950 Skoda 1102 kombi

The Czechoslovakian 1950 Škoda 1102 Kombi was available as a station wagon, delivery wagon or ambulance.

Source: Amerikanische Station Wagons + Woodies, by Halwart Schrader

DKW Meisterklasse Universal DKW Meisterklasse Universal

1951 DKW Meisterklasse Universal kombi. It was restored in Holland for the Audi Museum in Ingolstadt, Germany. It is very similar to the East German I.F.A. below.

Thanks to Fer Cools

IFA F9 Kombi IFA F9 Kombi

Early 1950's I.F.A. F9 Kombi --- I.F.A. was an East German combine of several nationalized factories, including D.K.W. and Audi. The F9 model line-up included a sedan, cabriolet and kombi (station wagon). They were derived from a prewar D.K.W. design that had never been put in production. It is not apparent how much, if any, of the woodie styling is actually wood.

Photos courtesy Wartburgpage & First German Wartburg Drivers Club (German)
Information: The New Encyclopedia of Automobiles, Edited by G.N. Georgano

1952 Alfa Romeo 1900 with an elegant wooden estate body built by Carrozzeria Viotti of Torino, Italy

Source: Amerikanische Station Wagons + Woodies, by Halwart Schrader

Lancia Aurelia B51 Giardinetta by Viotti

An early 1950's Lancia Aurelia B51 with a Giardinetta body by Carrozzeria Viotti. Forty-seven of these wagons were built on Lancia chassis created specifically for coachbuilders. Mechanical components were from the unibody Lancia B21.

Photo source: La Lancia: 70 years of Excellence, by Wim Oude Weernink

Fiat 615 Giardinetta Fiat 615 Giardinetta interior

Viotti also created this woodie based on the Fiat Model 615 commercial vehicle. The seats recline to allow full-length sleeping accommodations

Photos and information courtesy Zarattini Classic Motor (Italy)

1950's David micro woodie wagon

1950's David Rubia The history of David goes back to year 1913 with the production of cyclecars and motorless vehicles called 'downs cars' --- similar to US 'soap-box derby cars. The marque was revived in the 1950's it designed a of three-wheel microcar, Described as "no se trata de un coche con una rueda menos, sino una moto con una rueda más" (not a car with one less wheel, but a motorcycle with one wheel more). There was also a truck with five wheels. About 60 units were produced between 1951 and 1957.

Source: La Web de los Microcoches (Spain)

Biscuter commercial wagon

Biscuter Commercial Rubia Familiar version with wood box and metal deck in the style of American woodies with capacity for 4 people or 2 people and load of 200 kgs.

Source: Micro & Minicar Club and La Web de los Microcoches (Spain)

Biscuter commercial van1957 Biscuter Van

Biscuter Commercial Furgoneta (Van) This one is in the collection of Bruce Weiner.

Source: Micro & Minicar Club and La Web de los Microcoches (Spain)


Sanmartín In Barbastro (its town and mio) D.Jesús propietary Sanmartín of Chapistería situated Sanmartín in Avenue I exercise Spanish, carrozó artisan during the postwar period some vehicles or rather rest of surviving vehicles of the Civil War. Fijaros the multitude of interesting details like the frontal window "safari", the doors blond type, the bumpers, the adornments of the frontal, etc, especially if we consider that before the shortage of materials at the time the plate removed it from cans! of tar that was used to asphalt the highways, reason why podeis to imagine the work and the good one to you for doing of this excellent chapista.

Source: La Web de los Microcoches (Spain)

1952 Cimera1952 Cimera

1952 Boli Industralist Jose Bolinche of Valencia, Spain produced interesting 'motorcarros' in addition to his line of motor scooters. Later, his firm manufactured the Cimera line of three-wheel microcars.

Source: La Web de los Microcoches (Spain)
Image & information from 'Arroz Amargo', an article in
Motor Clásico nº 140 de Septiembre 1999.

1953 Lloyd LS 300

In the early 1950's, German manufacturer Borgward built the Lloyd 300. It had a plywood body, completely covered with padded synthetic leather, hence the nickname 'Leukoplastbomber'. Metal was saved, varnish unnecessary, and dents were few.

Source: AUTOmotriz (Venezuela)

1954 Fiat 500c Belvedere

1954 Fiat 500 Modelo C Topolino Giardineria - Questa vettura fu destinata ad un grande successo. La Giardiniera fu la nuova modifica della 500 Topolino sia nella carrozzeria che nel motore, fra le innovazioni anche l'impianto di riscaldamento. La Giardiniera, nata contemporaneamente ad una sostanziale riorganizzazione della Fiat e ad un primo accenno di ripresa economica del paese, si dimostro` molto soddisfacente e vantaggiosa.

Source: Carla Manfredi's Portfolio (Italy)

1955 Australian Ford Popular 103E

Shayne Power's Ford Popular 103E woodie appears to be a 1955 Australian built chassis/scuttle exported and bodied in New Zealand.

Photo & information courtesy of Brian Shields

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An unusual German Goliath woodie step van. This has never, ever, been seen at Wavecrest.

Source: Amerikanische Station Wagons + Woodies, by Halwart Schrader

Tempo three-wheel woodie

Manufactured in Berlin, Germany until 1956, this three-wheel Tempo had a wooden estate body. Several other variations were produced, including pickup, van and taxi. These unique vehicles have a 200-500cc motor driving the front wheel. Production of the Tempo three wheel truck continues in India.

The Tempo pictured here has a unique history. The IA-10000 Woodie was a world record car. It was the first car driven from Berlin to Kapstadt (Cape Town) South Africa. For that the Berlin administration gave the number plate IA-10000 to it. The tour started on 14. of June 1951 at Western Berlin. The number IA-10000 was extraordinary. IA was the district of Berlin before World War 2. After WW2 they had difficult numbers because Berlin was split into four international sectors (Russian, American, French and English sector). In the early 50s Berlin had no international status. It was neither Germany nor an own state. To make it possible to drive outside Germany they gave the old number to that car. It was the first and only car after WW2 that became a number plate with IA... on it.

Photo: Amerikanische Station Wagons + Woodies, by Halwart Schrader
Information: Stephan Bussang, Tempo-Dienst, der Tempo Club in Deutschland
& Von Konrad Hirsch's Mein Tempo(German)

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