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|Carriages were more expensive than you think.
Written by Mary Ellen
(9/18/2006 8:54 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Carriage but no horses?, penned by Tracy W
Even as late as 1920 painting a car was the critical path in constructing a vehicle. Time and motion studies may have sped the construction of the body up to 5 hours, but it took as long as 8 weeks to paint that same body. In the early years of car manufacture all vehicles were varnished, just as horse drawn carriages had been. And after the weeks of tedious work that it took to varnish the vehicle it had to be varnished again in just a couple of years.
The original source is Lamm, Michael, A Century of Automotive Style, p31-2.
This is of course, far outside our time, but I expect that paint technology would have been more advanced by 1920 than it was in 1800.
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