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Town car

For the luxury automobile built by the Lincoln-Mercury Division of Ford Motor Company, see Lincoln Town Car.
"Sedanca de Ville" redirects here. Not to be confused with the Cadillac Sedan de Ville

A town car is a historical automobile body style characterized by four doors, an open front compartment and an enclosed rear compartment. The front compartment may include a removable cover.[1] Customers intending to be driven by a chauffeur often chose this body style.

In Europe the style is known as Sedanca de Ville, often shortened to Sedanca or de Ville. The name Sedanca was introduced by the Spanish Count Salamanca in the 1920s.[2]

The contemporary Lincoln Town Car derives its name from this historical body style despite the fact that it does not carry a town car body by the historical definition. In 1922, Edsel Ford had a Lincoln built with a town car body for his father's personal use.[3]

Ford introduced a town car body to its Model A line in December 1928. Ford eventually manufactured 1,065 Model A town cars.[4]

In 1940 and 1941, a limited edition model of the Cadillac Sixty Special carried the Town Car name. It was reintroduced as a coupe hardtop in 1949 using the French name for the body style Coupe DeVille and in 1956 as a four-door hardtop called the Sedan DeVille.

See also

  • Landaulet—the opposite with the rear convertible and the front closed
  • Coupé de ville—only two doors and without a division between (open) driver and (closed) passengers


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