Here’s something I bet you didn’t know: You can still get a Woodie. In fact, transforming your current car to Woodie status is a lot easier than you might think. I know it may sound crazy, but it’s entirely true, and today I’m going to show you exactly what I mean.
First, however, let’s take a quick look at “Woodie” cars for the young’uns among us who may not know what a Woodie is. Back in the 1940s and 1950s, wood paneling was an acceptable styling decision for some vehicles. Instead of metal or plastic, like we’re now accustomed to, these cars would actually have their exteriors made out of wood. Over time, that evolved to simply having wood trim on top of normal panels — and then that died out with the Jeep Grand Wagoneer in the early 1990s.
Admittedly, some “Woodie” cars have popped up here and there — the most memorable example being the Chrysler PT Cruiser, which offered fake wood paneling on the outside in an effort to recall “Woodie” cars of the 1950s. But in general, wood paneling is long, long, long, long gone in virtually all situations.
Except … it isn’t.
I recently stumbled across a website entitled “PT Woody,” which was clearly set up to make wood paneling for Chrysler PT Cruisers but has since evolved. The number of vehicles they sell fake wood paneling for is absolutely amazing — from the Ford Flex to the Dodge Magnum; from the smart fortwo to the Scion xB. As it turns out, you can relive the Woodie days with just about anything.
Obviously, this isn’t real wood, which is a good thing, since that probably isn’t the most durable material in the world. But it looks somewhat like real wood, and it transforms the appearance of the aforementioned cars (and many others), adding a retro look some people may desire. Also, it’s surprisingly inexpensive: You can woodify your Jeep Commander, for instance, for $899 plus installation.
And so, now you know the Woodie days don’t have to be behind you. As it turns out, you can relive them with the click of a few buttons. Find a Jeep Commander for sale
Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.