The Classy Looking 4×4
Of course, this is no obscurity to most of our American Readers (both North and South) but we in the UK do tend to imagine that we elevated the 4WD from the farm to the polo fields with the first Range Rover. Actually, the first Rangie was admirably austere and, if its social climbing you’re looking for, designer/showman Brooke Stevens’s 1946 Willys Jeep Station Wagon gave new life to the ubiquitous wartime military vehicle.
The construction is actually all painted steel, but the Faux Woodie look was a clever way of adding strength to simple flat steel panel pressings. Although replaced by the Wagoneer in North America in the mid Sixties, a variant lived on in Brazil until 1981.