Breaks are older than the car. In fact, horse-drawn carriages were also called breaks. In America, they are called Station Wagons, because they were originally used, not infrequently, to transport travellers with their luggage to and from the station. These vehicles were similar to regular cars but had much more space, thanks to their extended rear ends. Before the war, they were commonly constructed, as least partially, from wood, hence the nickname “Woody”.
After the war, in the height of the baby boom, these cars became popular as family vehicles, first in the US and soon thereafter in Europe.
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