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A 10 Second History Lesson: The Limousine

Posted on: September 14th, 2014 by grandave No Comments


The concept of the chauffeured vehicle has been in existence since 1700. The word “limousine” is derived from the feminine adjective formed from the word “Limoges,” the province in France where known to be the origin of gilded horse-drawn carriages used for the wealthy. All limousines throughout time have one distinction in common: the driver sits in an entirely separate compartment from the passengers.

In 1902, the first automobile limousine was created so that the driver sat outside, under a covered compartment. In 1928, a coach company called Armbruster from Fort Smith, AK created the first “stretch” limousine. These vehicles were designed to transport big band leaders, their orchestras and all of their instruments. At the time, limousines were often referred to as “big band buses.”

The limousine soon took off and by the 1930s, the rich, famous and celebrity all considered riding in a limousine as the “only” means of transportation. Limos were soon used to transport to- and from the airport and hotel and also used on sightseeing and high profile visits. The six door limousine soon evolved; built on Cadillac Chasis, this model was soon the chosen transportation for even the President of the United States.

Today, the limousine is most often used for special occasions. It makes a special statement to those surrounding you and always adds a hint of style for any occasion. Many people rent limousines for shuttling large numbers of people around to parties, clubs, weddings, wine tours, sightseeing, bachelorette parties and much more. 

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