Tuesday, September 17, 2013

And now, a Report from Carriage and Driver

It’s September, and that means it’s time for Carriage and Driver’s preview of the upcoming decade’s hottest new vehicles. Whether you’re looking for a sporty performance model or a practical family vehicle, Carriage and Driver will tell you all!

Anyone looking for an eminently useful all-purpose vehicle need look no further than Elliott’s Patent Eccentric Landaulet or Chariot. Less cumbersome than older model chariots and therefore less tiring for horses, it yet includes a spacious boot for luggage and comfortable seating out of the weather for longer journeys. (Ackermann’s Repository, November 1809):


Readers of Carriage and Driver know how keen we are on keeping abreast of the latest technological developments, so this Landaulet with Birch’s patent Roof and Ackermann’s patent Moveable Axles will surely be of great interest to our readers. Note that the roof can be folded back on fine days or raised in inclement weather by a series of ingenious folding panels and sections. The moveable axle system is discussed at length in both a pamphlet and in the March 1819 edition of Ackermann’s Repository:


Corinthians looking for a sportier vehicle might turn their attention to this Light Phaeton, also equipped with Ackermann’s patent moveable axles and built by Mr. Kinder at Gray’s Inn Lane. This stylish carriage, with its raised rear seat for a groom or tiger, combines good looks and performance, and will surely draw all eyes during afternoon forays to Hyde Park (Ackermann’s Repository, July 1819):


Mr. Dodd’s excellently appointed Light Phaeton, pictured here, might appeal to the gentleman of more sedate habits and possessed of the best taste. The attention to fine detail in ornamentation and provision of comfort makes this a most desirable vehicle, one which also might be driven with ease by the fairer sex (Ackermann’s Repository, November 1819):


For the last word in a comfortable luxury vehicle, readers of Carriage and Driver might look no further than this elegant Barouche, equipped with Ackermann’s Patent Moveable Axles. From the folding roof to the deeply cushioned seats, this carriage will provide passengers with a driving experience unequalled by any (Ackermann’s Repository, January 1820):


Which would you consider taking for a test drive, Carriage and Driver readers? :)




8 comments:

Ella Quinn - Romance Novelist said...

Loved these. I tweeted.

Leandra Wallace said...

I'll take the Phaeton w/the top over it. Because I definitely wouldn't want to get *gasp* tan while out! ;)

Cheryl Bolen said...

Great blog, Marissa. Thanks.

Nancy Goodman said...

Wonderful post!!

Nancy Goodman said...

Wonderful post!!

Nancy Goodman said...

Wonderful post!!

Suzi Love said...

Love it. Thanks for the laugh.

Marissa Doyle said...

Glad you enjoyed them, ladies. All the info presented is from the prints--I just had fun trying to write in Regency style car-ad speak.