You may not find regular cars that are mainly made of wood these days but lightweight cars practically had to be made of wood in certain past.
Though, newer wooden cars could still be made for good reasons.
From the looks to the engineering and other exceptional features, we have your 5 coolest wooden cars ever:
1) 1924 Hispano-Suiza Tulipwood Torpedo
First made in France, the Spanish-Swiss nationals owned brand looks beautiful and you can imagine it as a superb racing car of the 1920s.
The body was designed by a French aviation company so it was customized to be “exceptionally” lightweight.
- Fuel tank: was covered with tulipwood
- 200 horsepower
- Brass rivets
- Huge body size for 160 pounds weight
Detailed descriptions can be seen at the ultimatecarpage.com
2) 1947 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible
This car is a great woody because of the interior and the sleek luxurious outlook than sports car level speed performance.
There were many great Chrysler Town & Country Woodies but the 1947 convertible was remarkable.
Crysler, the famous American woody was the forefront in the creation of a brand that targets luxury cars with partnerships with other major car brands.
Judging from the standards of the body of modern cars, I think this woodie looks cool.
Weighty, decent performance, more
3) The Fuldamobil
These were small car series produced originally by Elektromaschinenbau Fulda GmbH of Fulda, Germany, and Nordwestdeutscher Fahrzeugbau of Wilhelmshaven between 1950 and 1969.
One cool thing about the car was its ability to reverse when the ignition key is started in reverse direction.
The N-1 Fuldamobil is important as it marked a transition point from majorly wooden body to more aluminium coating.
- Fuel Tank: 17 liters
- Size: 2850mm x 1397mm x 1280mm
- Weight: 315 kg
A more detailed description can be seen on the wiki page.
4) Marcos Xylon
British sports car builder, Marcos Xylon successfully made plywood based chassis that were efficient for road racing. Interestingly Xylon still has fans today. One of the babies, “the ugly Duckling” was a popular feature.
The Xylon was a great competitor on the roads with records to show. Vanwalls, for example, won the F1 race.
Weight: 495 kg, Fuel tank: 26 litres, size (Length x Width x Height): 3840 mm x 1440 mm x 1220 mm.
5) Livio De Marchi’s wooden Ferrari F50
The Ferrari F50 is a highlight because of its ability to cruise on land and the waters.
Weight: 1230 kg, Size: 4,480 mm x 1,986 mm x 1,120 mm. It has great speed with a tested top speed of 312 kilometres per hour.
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Coming from a neutral point of view, it would be interesting to know which of the woodie you like.