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Mercedes-Benz 300d landaulet

A landaulet or landaulette is a car body style similar to a limousine, but with the passenger section covered by a convertible top. It was based on a carriage of similar style that was a cut-down (coupé) version of a landau. Landaulets are usually used by public figures in formal processions.


  • Description 1
  • 21st-century landaulets 2
  • Gallery 3
  • See also 4
  • Notes 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Landaulet carriage at Łańcut Castle

A landaulet carriage is a cut-down (coupé) version of a landau carriage The landaulet retained the rear half of the landau's two-part folding top.[1]

Like many other coachbuilding styles, the term landaulet was transferred from horse-drawn carriages to motor carriages.[2][3] A landaulet automobile has a passenger enclosure with a folding roof over the rear seats.[4] A separate section is at the front for the driver.[5][6] The condition of the driver's section may range from having no weather protection at all, as was often the case with early landaulets,[2][6] to being fully enclosed.[7]

A landaulet is a chauffeured vehicle. Since the Second World War, conventional use has been largely restricted to formal processions by dignitaries when the dignitary's security can be assured. Pope John XXIII, Pope Paul VI, and Pope Benedict XVI used landaulets based on Mercedes-Benz automobiles.

21st-century landaulets

Maybach 62 landaulet at Dubai Airport

The Maybach division of Daimler AG showed a landaulet concept car at the Middle East International Auto Show in November 2007.[8] They added the landaulet to their 2009 model line.[9] The Maybach division has since been discontinued.[10]


See also


  1. ^ Merriam-Webster 1991, p. 358.
  2. ^ a b Haajanen 2003, p. 92.
  3. ^ Merriam-Webster 1991, pp. 358–359.
  4. ^ References:
    • Clough 1913, p. 185
    • Georgano 1971, p. 216
    • Merriam-Webster 1991, pp. 358–359
    • Society of Automobile Engineers 1916
    • Stein 1975, p. 753
  5. ^ Clough 1913, p. 185.
  6. ^ a b Society of Automobile Engineers 1916.
  7. ^ References:
    • Georgano 1971, p. 216
    • Merriam-Webster 1991, p. 358
    • Stein 1975, p. 753
  8. ^ Car Body Design 2007.
  9. ^ Left Lane News 2008.
  10. ^ Taylor 2011.


  • Clough, Albert L. (1913). A dictionary of automobile terms. The Horseless Age Company.  
  • Haajanen, Lennart W. (2003). Illustrated Dictionary of Automobile Body Styles. Illustrations by Bertil Nydén. Jefferson, NC USA: McFarland.  
  • Left Lane News, Staff of (2008-10-10). "Left Lane News: 2009 Maybach 62S Landaulet". Left Lane. Left Lane News. Archived from the original on 2008-10-10. Retrieved 2008-10-19. Daimler added the Maybach Landaulet – an open-top version of its Maybach 62 S – to its lineup for 2009. 
  • Line22 SRL, Staff of (8 November 2007). "Maybach Landaulet Study". Car Body Design. Rome, Italy: Line22 SRL. Archived from the original on 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2012-06-02. Maybach has revealed the Landaulet Study, an exclusive one-off based on the Maybach 62 S that revives the classic landaulet theme, with a soft top for the passengers compartment. 
  • Merriam-Webster, Staff of (January 1991). "P". The Merriam-Webster new book of word histories. Springfield, MA US: Merriam-Webster. pp. 358–359.  
  • Society of Automobile Engineers, Nomenclature Division (August 20, 1916). "What's What in Automobile Bodies Officially Determined" (pdf).  
  • Stein, Jess, ed. (1975) [1968]. The Random House College Dictionary (Revised ed.). New York, NY USA: Random House. p. 753.  
  • Taylor, Alex III (28 November 2011). "Mercedes puts Maybach out of its misery". CNN Money. Archived from the original on 22 April 2014. 

External links

  • Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman Landaulet Exterior, Interior and Exhaust Sound in Full 3D HD on YouTube by hirudov. Retrieved 2013-08-04
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