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For the luxury automobile built by the Lincoln-Mercury Division of Ford Motor Company, see Lincoln Town Car.

1934 Rolls-Royce with Sedanca de Ville coachwork

1934 Hispano-Suiza J12 Sedanca de Ville, coachwork by Carrosserie Kellner

A town car is a historical automobile body style in which the front seats were open and the rear compartment closed, normally with a removable top to cover the front chauffeur's compartment. The modern Lincoln Town Car derives its name, but nothing else, from this style, although a special Lincoln built in 1922 for Henry Ford's personal use was called a Town Car.[1]

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].

In 1940 and 1941, a limited edition model of the Cadillac Sixty Special was named Town Car - reintroduced as a hardtop in 1949 but translated into French as Coupe DeVille and in 1956 as a four-door hardtop as Sedan DeVille.

See also


  1. About Lincoln: The Roaring '20s
  2. Automobile Body Design. Ian Beattie. Haynes Publishing 1977. ISBN 0-85429-217-9

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