Friday, July 29, 2011

How safe does this phaeton look to you?

Friday, July 29, 2011
Loretta reports:

After my blog about the allegedly Perfectly Safe Vehicle, I thought readers might like to see a phaeton in action.  The one Willoughby drives in this clip from Sense and Sensibility is an earlier version, called a High Perch Phaeton, and it's the type of vehicle the Prince of Wales (later King George IV) drove in his salad days.


Connie said...

This looks like fun. Of course, on a road with lots of ruts and rocks, I can see how easily it would be for it to be thrown over. However, I would be willing to take my chances! Thank you for sharing this yummy video. I love Sense and Sensibility!!
Connie Fischer

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Nice to see a phaeton in action. I read about phaetons in Sherlock Holmes stories, I think, but couldn't quite picture them. This is a keeper. :-)

ZipZip said...

Those seats are very high off the ground and the whole thing so elegantly attenuated...or spindly.

I wonder just how often such lovely contraptions tossed their riders and left them injured.

Thank you for an especially fun set of posts,


Lauren Hairston said...

This is exactly the scene I was thinking of when you did your last phaeton post! I definitely should watch this movie this weekend. It's been too long since I've seen it (and by that, I mean it's probably only been about a year).

nightsmusic said...

To heck with the Phaeton! Alan Rickman is in this clip!!


Kidding, but he is wonderful, isn't he?

Oh, yes, the Phaeton! Almost forgot about that...Lovely things but yes, I can see where all the injuries stemmed from.

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