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The First Stretch:The history of limousines

The First Stretch of The history of limousines

The word limousine is derived from the word Limoges which is the province in France that started it all way back in the 1700s. The limousines in France at that time were however just done up horse drawn carriages, these carriages differed from the rest simply because they were showered in gold and drawn by the best horses in town and of course came with their very own chauffeur.

Engine powered limos

The first engine powered “limousine” came about in 1902 however it was not “stretched’ yet. the only thing that made it a limousine was the fact that the driver and passenger sat in different compartments. Therefore, the first stretch limousine that looked remotely like what we know today only came about in about 1928 and was created in the town of Fort Smith, Arkansas where limos were primarily used to transport band members from prestigious bands and their equipment around America.

The rich and famous

In the 1930s limousines grew rapidly in popularity amongst celebrities and politicians. It was especially big in the movie industry where they were used to carry around actors, film crew and film equipment. In the movie industry you hadn’t made it until you were shuttled around in a limousine everywhere you went.

Limousines for you and me

Limousines have become increasingly accessible to the general public. You don’t need to be a Trump or Kardashian to get your very own limousine all you need to do is contact Funky Rides today and we’ll get you feeling like a movie star