Padua

21st-24th October 2021

Padua

21st-24th October 2021

01 Mar

LANDAULET

in: VINTAGE CARS
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When cars used to be dressed-up carriages

Early car bodies have been a distant memory for quite some time now. It's hard to think it but, in the beginning, they were very simple indeed: they were essentially dressed-up carriages. The word Landaulet originally referred to a specific type of carriage, but over time it became synonymous with a type of car body. 

Whether carriages or cars, Landaulets were prestigious automobiles which originally featured a convertible top and uncovered front passenger seats.  In Italy, the carriages were known as Landòs.

The Landò carriage concept was subsequently applied to cars; however, front seats were given a fixed cover and back seats a mobile one. Landòs were popular between the 1910s and 1930s and became more and more uncommon after World War 2. They were designed to be driven by chauffeurs; owners would only take them for a spin on sunny days, uncovering the posterior part of the vehicle.