1923 BUICK WOODY STATION WAGON

 

The Woody, or Woodie, that you see here at the Boothbay Railway Village was custom-built on a Buick roadster chassis. The first factory-offered Buick Station Wagon was in 1940.

Specifications are overhead valve 6 cylinder, 60 hp engine, two-wheel rear mechanical brakes, and 3-speed standard transmission. Options included the side-mount spare tire, and Boyce Motormeter (radiator mounted temperature gauge).

The dictionary defines a station wagon as an automobile with one or more rows of folding or removable seats behind the driver and no luggage compartment but an area behind the seats into which suitcases, parcels, etc., can be loaded through a tailgate. The dictionary also calls the term an "Americanism”.

Most early station wagons evolved from trucks and were viewed as “commercials”, along with vans and pickup trucks, not consumer automobiles – with the framing of the early station wagons left unsheathed because of the commercial nature of the vehicles – picking up and dropping off passengers at the railroad station – a hackney or taxi.

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