Landaulet (car) | Wikipedia audio article


A landaulet, also known as landaulette, is
a car body style where the rear passengers are covered by a convertible top. Often the driver is separated from the rear
passengers by a division, as with a limousine. During the first half of the 20th century,
taxicabs were often landaulets, with models such as the Austin 12/4 and the Checker Model
G and early Checker Model A being a common sight in larger cities. In the second half of the 20th century, landaulettes
were often used by public figures (such as heads of state) in formal processions. They are now rarely used, for fear of terrorist
attack.==Origins==The car body style is derived from the horse-drawn
carriage of similar style that was a cut-down (coupé) version of a landau. In British English, the term landaulet is
used specifically for horse-drawn carriages, and landaulette is used when referring to
motor vehicles.==History=====19th century===
Like many other coachbuilding styles, the term landaulet was transferred from horse-drawn
carriages to automobiles. The condition of the driver’s section may
range from having no weather protection at all, as was often the case with early landaulets,
to being fully enclosed.===20th century===
Since WWII, use has been largely restricted to formal processions to assure the dignitary’s
security. Pope John XXIII, Pope Paul VI, and Pope Benedict
XVI used landaulettes based on Mercedes-Benz automobiles.===21st century===
The Maybach division of Daimler AG showed a landaulet concept car at the Middle East
International Auto Show in November 2007. They added the landaulette to their 2009 model
line.==See also==
Landau (automobile) Landau (carriage)
Town car – the opposite with front seats open and the rear compartment closed==Notes

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