Sunday, March 27, 2011

between the age of horse drawn stagecoaches and the age of brass and horseless carriages

1899 Hautier 1911 Aberdonia Park Royal Landau

the 1911 Hispano Suiza "King Alfonso XIII" Double Berline

Above 1926 Hispano Suiza

1913 Thames 48HP Motor Stage Coach ---A motor coach that strongly resembles a stagecoach, but in this case that was intentional. The 5.0-litre, six-cylinder engine 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.

The coaches were 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 coach was built by The Thames Ironworks, Shipbuilding and Engineering Company Ltd, established in 1857. In 1902 the company began building steam lorries as a sideline and added motor vehicles in 1906. 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

1913 Thames, body by Thrupp Maberly

1909 Babcock electric brougham

and just for fun, and the wonder of it, I add the following

The George Barris Revere and the Raiders coach

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