A landaulet or landaulette is a car body style similar to a limousine, but with the passenger section covered by a convertible top. It was based on a carriage of similar style that was a cut-down (coupé) version of a landau. Landaulets are usually used by public figures in formal processions.
Like many other coachbuilding styles, the term landaulet was transferred from horse-drawn carriages to motor carriages. A landaulet automobile has a passenger enclosure with a folding roof over the rear seats. A separate section is at the front for the driver. The condition of the driver's section may range from having no weather protection at all, as was often the case with early landaulets, to being fully enclosed.
A landaulet is a chauffeured vehicle. Since WWII, use has been largely restricted to formal processions to assure the dignitary's security. Pope John XXIII, Pope Paul VI, and Pope Benedict XVI used landaulets based on Mercedes-Benz automobiles.
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Landaulet (or landaulette). A closed car, the rear portion of which could be opened in fine weather.
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Daimler added the Maybach Landaulet – an open-top version of its Maybach 62 S – to its lineup for 2009.
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Maybach has revealed the Landaulet Study, an exclusive one-off based on the Maybach 62 S that revives the classic landaulet theme, with a soft top for the passengers compartment.
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The motor landaulet was essentially an enclosed sedan or coupe with a folding top at the extreme rear quarter, over the rear seat.
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Landaulet—a closed car with folding top, seats for three or more inside, and driver's seat outside.
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landaulet, n. an automobile having a convertible top for the back seat, with the front seat either roofed or open.
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