Surf Mobiles

One night last month, we were leaving a restaurant and noticed a big crowd across the street. We walked over and saw classic “woodies” everywhere. For those not familiar, a woody is a station wagon with hardwood on the passenger compartment. Whenever I see them, I think of surfing and Southern California.

Anyway, despite the fact that I had only an iPhone and the cars were packed together with lots of people, I managed to get these shots:

blue woody

Most of these vehicles are from the fifties. Can you believe how well-restored they are? Especially when you consider that the wood has been exposed to the elements for decades.

purple woody

This one looked really old, but still beautiful. I thought the way the back opened was interesting too.

The red ones really stood out:

ford woody

red woody

side view

Four surfboards on this one, and they’re the old longboards. . . .

aqua woody

The plates were pretty cool too:

wudy wagon



This shot and the previous two are instagrams.


Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.


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25 Responses to Surf Mobiles

  1. Just love these cars. I used to have an old Morris Minor Traveller – a rather low budget 50’s English version of a “woody”:)

  2. Patti says:

    Considering what wood on fences and houses looks like after a while in Socal sunshine, those cars show evidence of a lot of TLC!

  3. Caroline says:

    hard to belive you took these pictures just recently. They look like old postcards. I didn’t know the name of these cars. Not likely one would see hem in Europe. Great. And they way they shine. The owners really love those cars.

  4. These cars just scream surfing and beach to me. When I was in Calif a few years ago, I saw one parked at the beach. It wasn’t in as lovely condition as the cars in your photos, but it was still neat to see it “in action”.

  5. Ms. Spock says:

    “I’ve got a ’34 wagon and they call it a woody (surf city, here we come)” . . . WOW. Never was a Californian myself, but you’ve sure captured something here. I can only sit and gape. Good show!!

  6. TBM says:

    I remember these! Oh how I wish I was there when you saw them. such memories.

  7. Cheryl says:

    Love these woodies … they speak to another time in our past and make me wonder whether things were easier then? Fabulous array of images, Carole.

  8. Cheryl says:

    Reblogged this on Cheryl Andrews and commented:
    Pearls & Prose has done it again, another stunning array of classic, vintage vehicles (and with her iPhone, which I am so envious of) … WOODIES! I asked her and now you, do you think life was easier back then? More nostalgia …

  9. Lucid Gypsy says:

    I’ve never seen vehicles like these – wow!

  10. I love old cars and I love to photograph them. The cars before the mid-60’s had great lines.

  11. How is it that you’re always around these cool cars? šŸ™‚

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