Jaunting Car

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The Irish form of the sprung cart, called a jaunting car or jaunty car, was a light, horse-drawn, two-wheeled open vehicle with seats placed lengthwise, either face to face or back to back. It was a popular mode of transportation in 19th Century Dublin popularized by Valentine Vousden in a song by that name. Also called an outside car or sidecar, it was peculiar in that its seats ran longitudinally and the passengers’ feet were placed on a footboard outboard of the wheels.


Harper's New Monthly Magazine (New York, NY: Harper & Brothers, 1871)


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