1935 F-35 Oldsmobile Station Wagon

The thirties produced radical advancements in automobile design. The age of mechanical brakes, wood-structured sedans and padded top was fading as modern engineering overtook traditional “car building” and beautiful forms that had once been the realm of handcrafted bodywork were now seen in production cars. General Motors offered its first production all-steel Suburban Carryall wagon in late 1935 as a 1936 model. It was part of its commercial line of panel delivery trucks. Surprisingly, it didn’t attract much attention with buyers mostly because of its cost, in this just recent post-Depression times. Oldsmobile managed to survive the Great Depression but only just, and along the way introduced its new station wagon model in 1935. Wood was an essential part of this design and would remain so for another 15 years. The body for the six-cylinder F-35 station wagon was supplied by U.S Body & Forging on one of Oldsmobile’s commercial car chassis’s, which in reality, was very similar to the body that USB&F supplied to the Chrysler Corporation for their Dodge and Plymouth station wagons. The stock wagon came with windup glass windows in the front doors and Isinglass curtains in all the other window openings. As you can see, the 1935 model was a large and stylish wagon with two-rows of seats and large cargo area to the rear. A third seat was optional. The F-35 wagon did not sell very well as it was the most expensive Oldsmobile model. It is thought that only a handful of 1935 wagons were assembled but the wood-framed Olds wagon remained in the lineup till 1949 with later models featuring Ionia bodies. At the time, station wagons accounted for less than one-percent of the all vehicle sales but this would change with time and the station wagon would continue as part of the Oldsmobile line until the brands demise in 2009. Other historic notes on Oldsmobile from this period include their innovative offering of the Automatic Safety Transmission (a semi-automatic) in 1937 and then, the fully automatic, Hydramatic transmission in 1940. I find it sad that a company started in 1897, built 35 million cars along the way fades into obscurity recently after all the hard work that so many people put to the work-face over a 112 years.

35 Oldsmobile Station wagon

 

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