An almost bewildering variety of horse-drawn carriages existed. Arthur Ingram's Horse Drawn Vehicles since 1760 in Colour lists 325 types with a short description of each. By the early 19th century one's choice of carriage was only in part based on practicality and performance; it was also a status statement and subject to changing fashions.
The names of many of these have now passed into obscurity but some have been adopted to describe automotive car body styles: coupe victoria, brougham, landau and landaulet, cabriolet, phaeton, and limousine - all these once denoted particular types of carriages.
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