History of Limos
The modern limousines that we are familiar with today are extremely different to the limousines that were created hundreds of years ago. We all seem to associated limos as luxury vehicles with an extended wheelbase, useful for accommodating a large number of people, but they haven’t always been this way.
Throughout the next few sections we’ll talk about where the word “limousine” actually comes from, the first limos ever created, and the limos of today.
Where Does the Word “Limousine” Come From?
The word “Limousine” is derived from “Limousin”, one of the 27 regions of France. This region of France is the second-least populated region in the whole country and is made up mainly of rural land.
When automobiles were first created, they weren’t closed compartments as we know today — the automobiles were open and uncovered. The shepherds of Limousin would wear a cloak with a raised hood, which was first implemented with limousines, and hence the name.
The First Limos Ever Created
Limousines date way back to the 1700s, the time when horse-drawn carriages were preserved only for the world’s most wealthy. We might not think of these as limousines, but they are by definition as a limousine is technically a vehicle that has a separate compartment for the driver (or chauffeur) and the passengers.
The first automobile limousine was created in 1902 and the first stretch limousine was created in 1928 by a coach company named Armbruster. Stretch limousines weren’t originally intended to be used as luxury vehicles, they were actually intended to transport band members along with their equipment. This is why they were originally known as “big band buses”.
The Limos of Today
The limos that we know today are quite different from the limos that were around in the past. Today’s limousines have advanced massively along with the automobile industry. In previous days, limos were famously used to transport the rich and wealthy, but they’re now available to almost anyone. They are commonly used as a transportation method for people who are celebrating a special event or occasion.
More and more vehicles can now be found with a “stretch” version. We don’t just have the traditional stretch limousine that we all know and love, but we can also find Ferrari limousines, Hummer limousines, and much more.
Today’s limousines also have much more in terms of entertainment options, you’ll find some limos with smoke machines, professional sound systems, mini-fridges and coolers, and much more.
As you can see, the limos that we are familiar with today aren’t quite the same as the ones that were around many years ago. They have developed massively over the previous years and so it’s safe to say that they will develop in the same way over the forthcoming years.
Hopefully you now have a much greater understanding of the history of limos. The limousines of today aren’t just used to transport high-level politicians, actors, and company executives. They’re much more accessible and available to a wider range of people.