A Brief History of the Limo Scene
When it comes to transportation, the limousine epitomizes luxury and style. Special occasions like weddings and other once in a lifetime events highlight the esteemed status of limousines.
So where did the limousine come from, and how did the vehicle achieve its sterling reputation?
A chauffeured vehicle, the limousine dates back to the 1700s. Lavishly decorated horse-drawn carriages were used to transport the well-to-do. The actual word, “limousine”, is thought to have originated from the French region of Limousin. Historians believe this is because of the resemblance between the covered portion of the vehicle and a popular style of cloak in Limousin. The distinguishing feature of limousines was that passengers enjoyed their privacy in a separate enclosure from the driver they employed.
In 1902, the first motorized limousine was produced, yet the driver of the vehicle was still sitting outside while the passengers enjoyed an enclosed compartment. At this point, limousines weren’t necessarily longer than regular cars, seating just three to five people.
By the 1930s, the limousine became so popular, a number of automobile manufacturers added them to their production line. The last production limousine, by Cadillac, with forward-facing jump seats was in 1987 (with their Fleetwood Series 75 model), the last Packard in 1954, and the last Lincoln in 1939.
Enter the custom stretch limousine. Stretch limo makers and designers now purchase popular car models from manufacturers and redesign them into custom-made limos. Hummer, Cadillac, Lincoln and Rolls Royce are just a few of the luxury car companies that have transitioned into the stretch limo business over the years.
Since its inception, the limousine has gone from a simple uncovered driver with a private covered carriage to the ride of choice for those who prefer to travel with comfort and class. From city to city, uptown to downtown, these glamorous vehicles have come a long way from their simple beginnings. As their deep-rooted history shows, a limousine is more than just a form of transportation, They have become more cost effective and convenient than ever before.
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