1940 Oldsmobile Dynamic Series 70 Woodie Wagon

Sean Smith, courtesy of Bonhams


In 1941, the station wagon body was only offered by Oldsmobile on the bottom-of-the-line Special 60 Series. Sharing its wheelbase and dimensions with the Chevrolet Special Deluxe Wagon, it offered the brand engineering for which GM was famous.

As was the standard practice then, coachbuilding for special models such as the labor-intensive wagons was contracted out to outside body companies. One such company was Mid-State Body Company in Waterloo, NY, which had been building custom commercial bodies, including special wagons, on GM chassis for years before the General formally contracted Mid-State to manufacture the wagon bodies.

This 1940 Oldsmobile Dynamic Woodie appears to be a one-off custom featuring the station-wagon body found only on the 116-inch wheelbase Special chassis mounted on a longer 120-inch wheelbase Dynamic frame. The work is, of course, up to factory build standards, as the body was manufactured and fitted by the very company producing the bodies for plenty of other GM wagons.

Barely used since its restoration, today it stands as a wholly unique woodie. Documented in the Oldsmobile Club of America’s June 1988 issue of Journey With Olds, you’re certainly guaranteed to never run into another one.

Carl Bomstead

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Carl has been writing for SCM for 19 years. His first article appeared in the February 1997 issue, and at least one of his articles has appeared in every issue since. When he’s not writing, he serves as a National Director for the Classic Car Club of America and tends to his extensive collection of automobilia. He has been a judge at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance for the past 20 years, and he also judges at Amelia Island and other major concours. An extensive number of collector cars have passed through his garage, and a 1947 Cadillac 62 Series convertible and a 1968 Intermeccanica Italia are current residents.

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