Riquexó Timeline

The Litter— A litter is a portable chair or bed, open or closed, supported by four lateral rods. It’s carried by two or four men, or two animals, one in front and one behind. That giant step for mankind which was the invention of the wheel, had already happen, however the litters were widely used for transportation of wealthy personalities in Ancient Rome for the comfort, but essentially for the status of the (few) privileged.

The Chair — Usually they were slaves and not animals that supported the litters to alleviate the confusion of roads of the Roman metropolis in Antiquity. In ancient Rome the liteireiros were slaves carrying the litters of their masters, or the people who requested it and pay the pre-agreed price. This way of transport that marked very strongly the power of the its wearer arrived in this way to the Renaissance, running as nowadays taxis. However the passenger’s changed from the lying position of the Romans to the sitting position in a chair.

The rickshaw — The value of this type of human engine rose one point and was taken over the wheel as an adjuvant. Not as comfortable for the passenger, but much lighter to the human motor. The rickshaw is a kind of human-powered transportation in which a person pulls a cart of two wheels where they accommodate one or two passengers. The word rickshaw has its origin in Asia, which were widely used as transportation by the elite. Currently, however, rickshaws were banned in many countries in Asia and have been replaced for bike-rickshaws.

The Carriage — The charrette, or carriage, is a kind of transport that predates the advent of steam vehicles. Moved by animal traction, the carriage was the most common way of transport for cargo shifting and people from one place to another. Nowadays, it’s unusual the use of carriages in the traffic of large urban centers, however they are a presence in the tourist circuits of big cities such as New York, London or Paris.

The Barouche— Barouche, in latin, birotus, meaning two wheels, is similar to carriage, but with two wheels. It was usually pulled by four horses and carried a maximum of six passengers. It had a removable cover that covered only the rear half of the vehicle where the passengers were sited. It was used in less formal occasions such as a walk in the park or in the field.

The Fiacre — Is a form of cab, a four-wheeled horse-powered carriage. The name is derived indirectly from St. Fiacre because the hotel of St. Fiacre in Paris rented carriages since around mid-seventeenth century. St. Fiacre was adopted as patron of the taxi drivers because of the association of his name with this kind of transportation. In 1645, Nicholas Sauvage, from Amiens, created a transport machine and decided to set up a business in which horses and carriages were kept in Paris and rented. He settled at the Hotel de Saint Fiacre and rented their cars with four seats by 10 soles per hour.

Benz Patent Motorwagen — The history of the automobile starts around 1769, with the creation of automotive steam engine. In 1807 appeared the first car powered by an internal combustion engine gas, which led to the appearance in 1885 of the modern gasoline engine or gasoline combustion. The year 1876 is considered the year of birth of the modern automobile,  with the Benz Patent-Motorwagen, by German  inventor Karl Benz.A few electrically powered cars appeared standing at the twentieth century, but have practically disappeared till the end of the century.

Fiat 1 or Fiat 1 Fiacre was a car produced in series by Fiat from 1908 to 1910. The capacity of its engine was a 2.2 liter (2200 cc) that produced an output of 16 hp and had a top speed of 70 km/h. Fiat fas produced about 1600 units the Fiacre model, and its use was mainly as a taxi. The model was sold in Italy and elsewhere being used as a taxi in New York, London, Paris and other cities.

The Minerva — Was a prominent Belgian luxury automobile manufactured from 1902 until 1938. They’ve began factoring bicycles and motorcycles and then to the cars. The company became defunct in 1956

The padleRiquexó — The rickshaw has tradition either in the east or in the west. These photos were taken in the 40 in Copenhagen where there was a taxi service. This service remained having in the recent years experienced a huge increase in many European and American cities founded on environmental values and sustainability.

Riquitó — Environmentally friendly, sustainable, glamorous and comfortable this is a vehicle that does not go unnoticed and it necessary imposes itself  for its class and by offering an exclusive service bucking the rush and stress of our cities today. You should have the time to enjoy it.