The history of limousines

pink limo

Have you ever thought how we progressed onto limousines from the normal length cars, who did this, why, when and how? And were they alright in the head? It is a crazy idea but a great idea. It must have started as a very different vehicle than we have now.

The original limo had 2 distinct areas and was built in 1902, there was a section where the passengers sat and a different area for the driver and were kept separate. And strangely the driver was not enclosed and it did have a cover.  The passengers had an enclosed top.

The back section that was enclosed and the front area with the cover looked like a French shepherd’s cloak and this cloak came from a place in France called Limousin and the vehicle took this name.

The stretch limousines were the first limos to be used for 20 years. The first vehicles were made in Arkansas by a company named Armbruster.

Interestingly these stretch limousines were employed by big music bands, it was perfect for them and their instruments, all in one vehicle, petrol/gas prices were no big deal, so an ideal mode of transport and they must have looked cool too, nice touch I feel. And they were actually named big ban buses as they were so linked to this form of transport, what a great idea.

And due to their success of transporting bands around, 2 of the biggest and world famous bands of the era also employed this form of transport. None other than Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller.

glenn miller

During the next 10 years, limousines became very popular, I have no doubt thanks to Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman, who were enormous stars of the time. Airport drop off and pick up was one of the first services offered, so travellers could arrive in luxury and depart in luxury too, what a great idea. They were given another name of airport stretch coaches, not very catchy but thats what it was.

Around the same the big names of the movie business in the Hollywood area began to use limousines, initially like the big bands to move equipment and then they must have realised how nice is was to have so much space and comfort and used them for personal transport. And then as they say, the rest is history, once people saw the stars using them, everybody wanted to have a slice of fame for an hour.

Nowadays they are used for lots of events ; proms, graduation, airport transport, weddings and hen and stag parties.