This is the remains of a 1936 Ford V8 wagon. These wooden-bodied cars have been called by various names: “Beach Wagons”, “Depot Hacks”, and the most popular “Woodys”. It was built at a time when the automotive design was transitioning from the vestiges of carriage coachwork to the streamlined form.
When I see an object of beautiful and superior design, I see the dreams that brought it into being. I see the designers and persons that envisioned, drew, modeled, experimented, and hammered out the prototypes and final products. After the Woody was built and shipped to a ford agency, it inspired more dreams. On the showroom floor, customers imagined the places they would travel in this streamlined coach. Later, as a used car, it could have fulfilled the dreams of a tradesman or shop owner as a sturdy hauler of materials or goods. In its automotive old age it may have been some college student’s “cool ride” . . . more dreams.
Over the years I have restored other autos from the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s. This one may yet come back to life, and that may be its final dream.