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1966 Rolls-Royce Phantom V landaulet

A landaulet or landaulette is a carriage and car body style where the passengers are covered by a removable top.[1][2][3] The car driver is usually covered and separated from passengers by a partition.[4].

A popular style for cars in the first half of the 20th century in the second half landaulets were occasionally used by public figures such as heads of state in formal processions. They are now rarely used for fear of terrorist attack.

In British English, the term landaulet is used specifically for horse-drawn carriages, and landaulette is used when referring to motor vehicles.[5]



Like many other coachbuilding styles, the term landaulet was transferred from horse-drawn carriages to automobiles.[6][3][7] The condition of the driver's section may range from having no weather protection at all, as was often the case with early landaulet automobiles,[6][8][dubious ] to being fully enclosed.[9]

The supply of new landaulet automobiles disappeared before mid-century.

Processional vehiclesEdit

Pope John XXIII, Pope Paul VI, and Pope Benedict XVI used landaulets based on Mercedes-Benz automobiles.

Maybach 62 landaulet

Landaulet concept carEdit

The defunct Maybach division of Daimler AG showed a landaulet concept car at the Middle East International Auto Show in November 2007.[10] They added the landaulet to their 2009 model line.[11]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Georgano 1971, p. 216
  2. ^ Clough 1913, p. 185
  3. ^ a b Merriam-Webster 1991, pp. 358–359.
  4. ^ Clough 1913, p. 185.
  5. ^ landaulet, n. Oxford English Dictionary online accessed 4 February 2018
  6. ^ a b Haajanen 2003, p. 92.
  7. ^ References:
  8. ^ Society of Automobile Engineers 1916.
  9. ^ References:
  10. ^ Car Body Design 2007.
  11. ^ Left Lane News 2008.