Limousines – 5 Fun Facts
When we see them, we usually think of weddings, proms, and celebreties. But where do limousines come from? What’s the history?
With a little help from our friend Wikipedia, we thought we’d provide some fun facts on these fabulous vehicles.
- The first automobile limousine was built in 1902.
- As you know, a limousine is a vehicle in which the driver is in a separate compartment from the people being driven. But did you know that “limousine” is a toponym, meaning it’s a word derived from the name of a place, in this case Limousin, a region in France? The compartments of the first automobile limousine physically resembled the hoods the shepherds in Limousin used to wear.
- The first stretch limousine had its orgins in the south — in Arkansas, to be exact. It was built in 1928.
- These stretch limousines were famous for driving big bands, like Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller, and were often referred to as “big band buses.”
- The President of the United States travels in an armored, custom-built limousine known as “The Beast.” Check back next week as we take a detailed look inside this amazing limo!