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Classic Woodies Offered at Auction

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On: Thu, May 22, 2014 at 4:59PM | By: Gary P Garry


Classic Woodies Offered at Auction

There are various different automotive body styles and materials that have come and gone over the decades. Some of the defunct styles that were once the rage have gone on to become collectible classics. One of these is the unforgettable woodie style.

This style was especially prominent in the 1930s and 1940s, when designers would make the passenger panels out of hardwood. When you think about the woodie you may remember the style being associated with station wagons. In fact, back in the early days when the woodie style was quite popular, it was used on sedans and convertibles as well.

The look was not associated with the quality of a vehicle. There were high-end luxury cars that were woodies, and there were basic models that had the wood on the sides. In many cases, owners had their cars modified with wood panels. Sometimes local craftsmen would do the job, and there were also some big companies that specialized in woodie conversions.

The Beach Boys, perhaps the most popular surf band ever, wrote a lot of songs about the beach, and they wrote a lot of songs about cars. They mentioned the woodie in their lyrics, and there is an instrumental song on the Surfer Girl album entitled “Boogie Woodie.”

During the early portion of the 1950s American automakers stopped building woodie station wagons. However, a simulated woodgrain look continued to make a station wagon look like a station wagon for decades.

If you are looking for a classic woodie, a great opportunity is coming up on June 14th. VanDerBrink Auctions will be offering an incredible array of classic woodies in Fargo, North Dakota.

A Fargo resident named Lowell Lundberg passed away in August of last year; he was an attorney who had a passion for classic cars in general, and woodies in particular. All of the classic cars he was able to accumulate during his life are going to be up for auction, and there will be no reserves.

In addition to the vehicles themselves, Lundberg also passed away in possession of a treasure trove of classic car parts. These parts are also going to be up for auction.

This is the auction to attend if you are a fan of the classic woodie vehicles of yesteryear, and as an added bonus, you don't have to go to Fargo in the winter.


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