brake, station wagon, estate car, utility, countryman,
traveller and woody all names used for the multi function
vehicles. Although around since the 1920s became popular
after WWII when cars were in
short supply and there was 33% purchase tax on cars. Woodies
were classed as commercial and were tax free. By the early
1950s purchased tax regulations changed. There were many
different body builders constructing woodies on chassis of
Alvis, Lea Francis, Austin and others. This 1949-1950 Leaf
has the standard approved wooden body mainly constructed by
APA but this one apparently by AP Motors, Stoke Row.
Coventry. First owned by a dentist in Glasgow. Later after
restoration used in a Scottish estate. Its last MOT was at Balmoral Garage! Used also in the TV series Strath Blair.
With a Lea Francis twin can OHV engine of
1767cc this large vehicle goes well and is a delight. Very
comparable with an Alvis TA14.