From Golden Carriage to Limo

From Golden Carriage to Limo

What is it about a limousine that exudes the status of wealth, prestige and power? To the point that people go out of their way to hire them for weddings, proms and bachelor parties. This article will discuss the history of the limousine, as an automobile and the associated economic status relating to limousines.

The word limousine is taken from the name of the French region Limousin. This is because the compartment covered by the first automobile limousine physically resembled the raised hood of the cloak worn by the shepherds in this region. However, another version of the origins of the name limousine are that the chauffeurs took to wearing a limousin-styled cloak in the open driver’s compartment so as to protect himself from the weather elements.

During the 1700 and 1800s horse-drawn carriages became more and more popular as a means of personal transportation especially for the wealthy and those with a high social standing. In time carriages evolved from just being a mode of transportation but became a way to advertise one’s riches and largess. This was accomplished by carriages being built with roofs that extended to the front of the carriage so as to cover the chauffeur from being exposed to the elements. In time the horse-drawn carriages were replaced by vehicles including the limousine. 

The first automobile limousine was built in 1902 and was designed in such a way that the driver sat outside under a covered compartment while the passenger sat in a protected area behind the driver. The Society of Automobile Engineers in 1916 defined a limousine as, “a closed car seating three to five inside, with driver’s seat outside. A berline was defined as, “a limousine having the driver’s seat entirely in closed”, while a brougham was defined as, “a limousine with no roof over the driver’s seat”. All these earlier versions paint a picture of an automated carriage.

In modern times, a limousine is a luxury sedan or saloon car more often than not driven by a chauffeur; with a partition between the driver and the passenger compartment. One of the most common features of a limousine is that it has a lengthened wheel base. It has its chassis extended by the manufacturer or by an independent coachbuilder. These are called ‘stretch limousines’ and are traditionally black and white. The first stretch limousine was created in Fort Smith, Arkansas sometime in 1928. The company that created this was named Armbruster. The primary use of this type of limousine was to transport famous big band leaders, their bands and equipment; and were often referred to as ‘big band buses’.

Traditionally, the limousine has been a large car with a long wheel base with a permanent division between driver and passengers. The basic limousine style is to have a partition separating the driver from the rear passenger compartment just like a carriage. The partition usually consists of a sliding glass window so that conversations between passengers in the rear compartment may be kept private. In order to communicate with the driver one may open the window partition or use an intercom system.

Limousines are the most expensive form of automobile ground transportation, they are generally associated with wealth and power. While some are owned by individuals, the majority are owned by government in order to transport senior politicians, and by companies to transport executives and guests. Today, there are a number of different types of limousine conversions that have been performed on several luxury vehicles. Some of these include the following:

-Cadillac XTS Limousine
-Lincoln MKS Limousine
-Lincoln Navigator L
-Mitsubishi Dignity
-Toyota Century Royal
-Proton Chancellor
-Cadillac One

For an experience in a limousine use Denver Limousine Service, if you are looking for DIA transportation in style and elegance.

About the company:

The Airport Limousine Denver is one of the renowned transportation service company’s in Denver and offers limousine and other top of the range vehicle services to and from the airport as well as around the city. For more information visit Airportlimousinedenver.Com

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