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From Phaetons to Phantoms: One hundred years of Coachbuilding. Clive Bonham Carter Thursday 30 April 2020


From Phaetons to Phantoms: 100 Years of Coachbuilding

The first bodies to be built on early motor cars were constructed by carriage makers - many of these vehicles being just existing carriages with added motors. We still talk of 'carriageways' and 'coachwork'. Gradually, however as technology progressed and cars became faster, new materials and techniques produced special styles, more jazz age than Edwardian. This lecture describes some typical carriages of the 19th century, and looks at the transition which eventually created the extravagant bodies on the great marques of the first half of the 20th. 


Studied Egyptology at Cambridge. Has lectured to Probus, the Rotary Club, U3A, the City Literary Institute and the Guildford Institute of the University of Surrey. Has for thirty years been a teacher in secondary education. Member of the Egypt Exploration Society, being awarded an EES Scholarship to the Saqqara Expedition of 1964-5.