There was another plywood car called the Africar built in the '80s.
It was conceived to be built in Africa and was designed specifically to deal with African conditions. It’s a fascinating story of a really well thought out design very nearly succeeding, but alas not quite.
There was a Channel 4 documentary series made of it at the time some it looks like it’s available on YouTube.
There was also a related book published and I managed to pick up a copy of it on eBay a few years back.
It’s a terrific story of what might have been…