A challenge for coach makers
Initially, the traditional coach makers saw the motor car as a threat to their livelihood.
In fact, because the early cars had separate chassis and bodies this allowed them to offer bespoke bodies to suit the needs of individual buyers.
Earnest Lawrence Windover
Earnest Windover was born in 1861 and went on to design the Ralli Car, a two wheeled horse drawn vehicle, which became very popular.
In 1907, when Windovers celebrated its golden jubilee they were well established as Coachbuilders, exhibiting that year at the Olympia Motor Show.
It was important for the new "automobilists" to be properly turned out.
Ladies wore long topcoats often made of leather. They needed thick veils or goggles to ward off the dust, grit and insects.
In winter, heavy fur coats were worn by both sexes.