s Cabriolet - Hull Museums Collections


The cabriolet had much in common with the curricle, which it had succeeded as the vehicle to be seen in for the fashionable man about town. A two wheeled, one person vehicle, it was used in England from about 1810, refined and improved from a French design. The racy yet elegant lines of the cabriolet came reasonably priced, and the vertical sitting position for the driver allowed them an unobstructed forward view, whilst the hood gave excellent protection from the elements. It eventually went out of fashion, but was remembered as one of the fastest and stylish vehicles of the era. The example on display at the Streetlife Museum is dated to 1820 and bears the arms of Goldsmid. The maker is named as K. Goodall & Son.