1947 Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty Special Limousine, an interior view, with the extra seats folded down. The upholstry is not original, but is done in authentic-style. Many of the early limousines had a leather front seat, while the rear compartment was fabric.
1947 Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty Special Limousine. This car has the division window plus the fold-down extra seats as well.
Mercedes Benz Limousine
1974 Lincoln Continental by Andy Hotton coachbuilders. The car started life as a regular Continental sedan, but was stretched at the rear doors and C-pillar, plus a divider window was added, and so on.
1972 Lincoln Continental by Andy Hotton coachbuilders. The car is owned by Eric Lauer of Athens, Georgia. Originally purchased in 1972 this Lincoln Continental was customized (a two foot stretch -- most of that being added at the rear doors, making them extra long) the following year for a Pennsylvania funeral home director who apparently had a matching hearse made as well. Several things make this car one-of-a-kind. Hotton added opera windows (the oval windows) on the c-pillars, the limousine-style rear window, a "Continental hump" on the trunk, the classic Andy Hotton grille, and a 1973 bumper which currently accomodates amber fog lamps. The fender skirts were also removed to make the rear wheel openings match the front. The car is technically considered an 8-passenger formal sedan although the jump seats, while not a full bench, it can accomodate three people. The car had only 36,000 original miles when Eric purchased it.
In America, limousines originally rolled off the assembly line as complete cars. They weren't super-stretched monsters. Around the late-1970s, early-1980s, companies began taking pre-existing cars (Cadillacs and Lincolns being the most popular choice) and stretching them by cutting them from one side to the other, between the front and rear doors, and 'filling in' in the middle.