The Woody Wagon has been depicted in Norman Rockwell paintings, National Lampoon movies and Beach Boys songs - making it a genuine piece of Americana. The Wagon, in all its various incarnations, brings to mind California in the 1960s and endless family road-trips. So named because of its use of wood in the body of the car, the Woody or Woodie is instantly recognizable with its rear bodywork of wood panels and framework autel maxidas ds808. The Woody is less of a model and more of a popular variant - which has been explored and interpreted by a number of manufacturers throughout the years.

The variety of body designs began in the 1930s and 1940s when "body-on-frame" designs largely produced in the US were designed as convertibles and station wagons. The idea of using wood for the body of a vehicle simply made sense in this era. Horse-drawn carriages had been made from wood for centuries, so incorporating wood into the design of a car seemed a logical progression. For the most part, during this era third-party companies converted the bodies of automobiles so that the passenger compartment of the car was made of wood. The wood was polished and lacquered to add an element of style to the cars.

When considering current safety standards, it's pretty easy to see why the Woody has fallen out of favor. Wood, being a material that fractures easily on impact, is not as safe as the reinforced metal used in nearly all cars of the modern era, though it would have seemed commonplace in the original 1930s Woodie Wagons.

In the 1950s the Woody Wagon reached its peak - following this heyday, both Plymouth and Buick discontinued their Woody models. The American public would have to wait until the early 1970s to see Woodies making their way back onto the market. But these newer versions weren't the same as their predecessors. In this era of plastic, wood had been replaced with a simulation, in order to preserve the aesthetic without sacrificing safety. At this time, the Chevy Vega Estate and Ford Pinto Squire were two of the most popular Woody Wagons.

Through the 1980s and 1990s the Woody's popularity seemed to wan once again - although some manufacturers added simulated woodgrain trim and detailing to a variety of vehicles, including SUVs and minivans, an interesting take on the original style of the Woody.

The most recent incarnation of the Woody is the Spark Woody, produced by Chevrolet. Press coverage and PR statements about the Spark seem to be targeted at surf-culture, and depict the car with a surfboard strapped to the roof. The wood aesthetic seems far less futuristic than some other body designs on the market today, but it does harken back to the fun and carefree surf culture of the 1960s. Though somewhat of a far cry from the original woody wagons depicted in surf movies of the 1960s, it still represents this original aesthetic and unique culture with the true surf-bum at heart. With this new introduction Autel MaxiSys MS906TS, it seems that the Woody Wagon has yet to make its last stand.

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