Sunday, February 27, 2011

bridging the eras of horse drawn carriages and the first engine driven vehicles

1894 in Paris... that looks like a horse carriage in back, that wasn't changed at all, but hooked up to that early motor vehicle

Similar looking vehicle below is the Grand Duke Alexis in his carriage with a Heilmann front end , Paris 1899

Above is an electric coach built for the Queen Mary of Spain in 1896

from the Thrupp and Maberly coachbuilders in 1913 on a chassis from Thames Iron Works
Found on

The 5.0-litre, six-cylinder engine, 48 hp, is placed as far forward as possible to give the impression of a carriage, as do the small front- and large rear wheels.

It is the only surviving example of a fleet of petrol-engined stagecoaches commissioned by Motor Coaches Limited, used at the time to carry people to and from the horse races at Ascot and Epsom, all within a 160 km radius of London.

It seats nine passengers inside, and sixteen on the roof. The bodywork of this stagecoach was constructed by Thrupp and Maberly, a company that would later build coachwork for luxurious cars such as the Rolls-Royce

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