This next car is strange looking piece of metal — and it took me a few minutes to figure out what I was looking at, especially on the inside. It was obviously a modern car, but not the typical PT-Cruiser or random 90s Pontiac that gets the “woodie” treatment on a weekly basis. But the center mounted gauge cluster with a HYBRID badge from a Ford product on the back confirmed what I suspected…this is a rebodied Prius. Find this 2002 Toyota Prius offered for $18,000 in Hayward, CA via craigslist.
The passenger cabin of this next vehicle looks like a ride at an old fashioned amusement park or a county fair. It probably also drives like an old fashioned amusement park ride on the street, which is going to be both rickety and thrilling in equal proportions. I approve. Find this 1929 Ford Woody offered for $5,250 in Brewster, MA via craigslist. Tip from ME.
The is one of the few times that I’m going to feature a car and rave about it, but advise you not to buy it. Because this car represents a discontinuity in the automotive landscape and not because it is massive enough to start forming a black hole…but because it is so close to being perfect. Let’s start with the good — it is a B-Body Buick Roadmaster that were sold from 1991 to 1996 and it has a gorgeous wood paneling — actually, some people find the wood paneling to be tacky, but this example has “wood” in nice nick. It is also low miles and the ONLY thing holding it back is that it was born one year too early. In 1993 the Roadmaster was powered Chevy L05 V8…which is a slovenly hunk of pig iron, good for something like 180 horsepower, and if it it had been born one year later, it would have gotten a 260 horsepower LT1 V8 which takes it from zero to hero. So, in conclusion, nice car, great shape, wrong engine, don’t buy it. You’ll be better off waiting for a 1994-1996 Roadmaster. Find this 1993 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon offered for $6,999 in Easton, PA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
This next car comes as a tip from BarbPaddles who writes: Dealers are no doubt hungry in this ‘pandemic economy’ for such unique stuff. 5000+ pounds of American family cruising that anyone can service/maintain. Strangely during this coronacrisis dealers have seen used car prices increase, but that shouldn’t stop you from buying something like an undisputedly wood covered Buick wagon. Find this 1990 Buick Estate Wagon offered for $12,900 in Traverse City, MI via Hemmings.
I saw this next car and thought to myself; another 3-row, 8-passenger, wood paneled Buick station wagon from the mid 90s, must be a Roadmaster…except that it didn’t have the space ship styling or the longitudinally mounted V8 engine. Could it be possible that Buick thought the market for 8 passenger station wagons was so great in 1994 that they needed to offer multiple levels of wagonness. This wasn’t 1965…what were they thinking? I’m not sure, but what am I sure of is that I love the idea of an A-body with transverse mounted Buick V6 that was designed in the 1970s (this generation lasted from 1982-1996) was still available for sale in 1994 with wood sides and a set of rear facing jump seats. Find this 1994 Buick Century Wagon offered for $2,850 in Somers, CT via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
I watched con-man magician David Blaine do some stunt the other day involving a bunch of hot air balloons and an impressive O2 free rise to 20,000 ft that involved putting on a parachute in the air…anyway, I think that David is a remarkable showman/daredevil, but he’s got nothing on the disappearing rear glass of a vintage Poncho Safari wagon. Where’d it go? Did it go down into the tail gate that is now lowering into the bumper, or did it go up into the headliner…I am so confused. But what I’m NOT confused about is the incredible beast that is this next car. Find this 1973 Pontiac Catalina Safari offered for $11,500 in Antioch, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
There is something deep within the human psyche that causes a constant desire to one-up the next guy. You see someone with a wood grain dash and you get a wood sided wagon. This next person must have been a regular reader of Stephen Potters hilarious One-Upmanship (I prefer Potter’s original work; The Theory and Practice of Gamesmanship or The Art of Winning Games Without Actually Cheating) and seen a woodie and come to the natural conclusion that a typical woody does not have enough wood. Therefore, he build this rolling sauna. The only questionable part of the build is why you’d suggest using such a vehicle as a BBQ truck…the inevitable roadside fire and news report almost writes itself. Find this 2008 Jeep Commander bidding for $1,050 on ebay reserve-not-met with 5 days to go, located in Ft Lauderdale, FL.
There is a Ren & Stimpy song that goes something like this; It’s log, it’s log; It’s big, it’s heavy, it’s wood; It’s log, it’s log, it’s better than bad, it’s good. Now, I don’t know how long its been since I’d seen that episode of Ren & Stimpy (decades, for sure), but for some reason […]
What kind of modern car can you seat 8 people in comfort that ISN’T a minivan (or van) but you can drive it every day? Oh yeah, and it has to be cheap. Fuel better be cheap too, because this next car sucks down crude faster than a battleship, but it has the woodsides of […]
In 1953 a shopper at a Pontiac dealer had a number of choices — starting with the entry level Chieftain (except for Canada, which had the Pathfinder) and then going up in class to the Super Chief, Star Chief, or the Safari if wagons were your thing. Today’s next feature is vaguely related to a […]