The First Limousines
The word ‘limousine’ was actually in common use in France, long before the creation of the automobile that now carries the name. The word (derived from the Limoges region), originally referred to a hooded garment that French shepherds wore to protect themselves from bad weather. Horse and carriage drivers later adopted these garments for the same purpose, exposed as they were to the elements, in contrast with their passengers who sat in a covered carriage behind them.
The first ever fuel driven vehicle referred to as a limousine was built in 1902 and incorporated a covered compartment for the driver, thus allowing him to keep as warm and dry as his passengers. In 1928 a company called Armbruster (based in Arkansas, US) built the world’s first stretch limousine – but [...]