Famous actors, actresses, directors, producers and musicians in Hollywood have been using limousines for decades. Once the automobiles were being manufactured and more regularly designed, the famous began requesting their own luxury vehicles such as the Cadillac, Packard, Lincoln, Mercedes Benz, and the Rolls Royce. One of America’s first beloved actress and producer was Mary Pickford. She was first to have an enclosed luxury automobile that regularly chauffeured her around town and to the studio. A Limo World would like to shed some light on the vintage limo used during the early Hollywood era and how limos are still prized today.
1923 Avions Voisin
Before limos became oversized enough to host large numbers and groups, the first luxury automobiles were small. Nonetheless, for the time, they were considered luxurious. One of Hollywood’s early idols Rudolf Valentino use to ride in a 1923 Avions Voisin which had a roomy back seat for the time period. Only a few Avions Voisin are left standing today and many are in museums or are part of automobile shows.
1928 Lincoln Limo
During the first Academy Award ceremony which was held in 1928, the U.S. had the largest collection of limousines that was seen at a single event. Buddy Rogers was an actor who won the Best Motion Picture award that year as well as famed director C.B. DeMille loved touring in their Lincoln limousines and it was a major sight. The early 1928 Lincoln limo had carriage style seating and comfortably held four to six passenger in the back. Later, DeMille began favoring the 1939 Cadillac V-16 series, which was small but for the time had a modern design and more features. The 1939 Cadillac V-16 had many features such as rotating lights to point light around curved roads.
1939 Cadillac V-16
Another common sight on luxury car of the time period was the accessory trunk. Before cars were designed with modern trunks, earlier cars had an actual trunk mounted on the back of the car. The 1939 Cadillac V-16 trunk was larger than other model cars which provided more space. The interior of the 1939 Cadillac V-16 varied from leather to cloth. They were also decked out with beautiful wood trim, ash trays and roller windows. Lastly, the 1939 Cadillac V-16 was a convertible which allowed the top to come down on nice days.
1938 Cadillac Limousine
Douglas Fairbanks Sr. and Darryl F. Zanuck both owned one of the earliest Cadillacs and Darryl F. Zanuck even custom built his own 1938 Cadillac limousine. The Cadillac limousines, by the 1930’s, took over the luxury automobiles and became one of the most desired cars of the time. Presidents, Hollywood stars and other famous figures began using Cadillacs. Second in line was the Rolls Royce. The 1938 Cadillac limousines were small but a few of them were designed to hold up to seven passengers. The 1938 Cadillac limousine had a modern trunk which provided more space for the luggage of the traveling stars. They too had wooden trim and roll down windows. Some of the Cadillacs had a convertible top but not all. The 1938 Cadillac was well known for its harder shell.
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Hollywood, entertainment stars, and political figures still favor limos and other luxury vehicles as transportation. The limo industry has grown from the early 1920’s to modern times. A Limo World is proud of our modern wonder, the 2018 Corvette stretch limo. When seeking a limo service to feel like a star yourself, contact A Limo World and reserve your limo today.