Four-Wheeled – Multiple Seats

Bronson Wagon

Bronson Wagon

Several different companies made similar vehicles marketed under the names Lenox, Beach, and Country Club Wagons, but Brewster and Co. was the original manufacturer of the Bronson Wagon. A light, three-spring driving wagon, normally with two seats, finished in natural wood.
Roofseat Break

Roofseat Break

Adapted from the heavier vehicles used to train horses to harness, the Roofseat Break was an owner-driven outing and sporting vehicle. The height of the seats made it popular at spectator events.
Skeleton Break

Skeleton Break

An important vehicle in large stables, the Skeleton Break was used for training young or unruly horses as well as exercising the teams.
Private Road Coach

Private Road Coach

The sport of four-in-hand driving was a popular pastime in the northeast in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Reproductions of Early English Mail Coaches were used by members of the New York Coaching Club for private coaching trips with family and friends. Club members also ran a series of public coaches, for pleasure, between various cities and resorts.
Dog Cart Phaeton

Dog-Cart Phaeton

The same usage and characteristics as the two-wheeled dog cart. When set on four wheels, it was usually constructed with a cut-under body.
Driving Phaeton

Driving Phaeton

The Phaeton class is probably the most diverse of any type of horse drawn vehicle. One of the principal features is that, having no driver's seat, it is owner-driven and this led to their immense popularity as a sporting and pleasure vehicle. This design features doors to allow easy entry to the backseat.
Ladies Phaeton

Ladies Phaeton

A small and comparatively light vehicle. They are generally low to the ground for easy access and characterized by graceful curving lines. They are often equipped with a rumble seat for the accompanying groom. If there was not a rumble, the groom would ride along on horseback.
Rockaway

Rockaway

A four-wheeled, covered carriage with panels, curtains or glass sides. The driver's seat is included in the body proper and on the same level as the rest of the seats. A common roof covers all the seats. The Depot Wagon, or Station Wagon, is a form of the Rockaway.
Spider Phaeton

Spider Phaeton

A gentleman's phaeton with a Tilbury body set on four wheels with a skeleton rumble for the groom. They were very popular for pleasure and competitive show driving.
Stanhope Phaeton

Stanhope Phaeton

A square-box body with curved front seat and rail backseat for one or two grooms. Often equipped with a falling top for the front seat only. Suspension is usually on elliptic springs but also found with platform or mail springs. Derives its name from the Stanhope pillar that extends from the top of the front seat at the front end, down to the molding of the body. The Stanhope Phaeton is very similar to the Mail Phaeton although somewhat lighter in construction. It utilizes mail, or telescoping, springs.
Trap

Trap

The principal feature of this four-wheeled vehicle is the sliding, swinging or pivoting seats which allow the accommodation of two or four passengers. The rear seat can be made to face either forward or backward. The short wheelbase accentuates the overall appearance of height. No tops were provided with this vehicle.
Wagonette

Wagonette

Wagonettes can be found large and small, open and closed. The principal feature is the longitudinal seats behind the driver's seats, facing one another. Access is gained by a rear door.
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