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 automotive design was transitioning from the vestiges of carriage coachwork to the streamline 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 a college students “cool ride” . . . more dreams.

Over the years I have restored other autos from the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s.  This one may yet come back to life, and that may be its final dream.


1936 Ford Woodie - Credit Jack Snell on Flicker

Photo Credit: Jack Snell (


1936 Ford Woodie - Credit Rex Grey on Flicker

Photo Credit: Rex Grey (



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