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Old 07-02-2016, 02:48 PM
usedtobe usedtobe is offline
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Early auto bodies were simply copies of horse-drawn carriages.

If you were rich, you flaunted it (at least many did).

Here is Wiki on the "Phaeton" body style, which was the original name for what became "Touring Car" style.

Actually, until the 1930's, many auto bodies were carriage bodies - wood frames with sheet metal tacked on.