A runabout is an American light, open, horse-drawn vehicle with four large wheels. Similar to a buggy, the runabout was used for informal, utilitarian travel or "running about" on errands. One type was also called a "driving wagon", made very light in order to be easily hitched by one person, and easily pulled over long distances by a single horse.
A typical example was the light buggy used in the 1890s for daily duties by senior staff of the San Francisco Fire Department. Runabouts could be either fancy or plain, but not encumbered with fenders, heavy tops or optional accessories that added weight.
Notes and references
- Haajanen, Lennart W. (2003). Illustrated Dictionary of Automobile Body Styles. Illustrations by Bertil Nydén. Jefferson, NC USA: McFarland. p. 115. ISBN 0-7864-1276-3. LCCN 2002014546.
- Haajanen 2003, p. 115.
- The Carriage Museum at Historic Washington, Kentucky. Accessed 17 April 2015
- "Museum Collections: Apparatus - 1892 Chief's Buggy". Guardians of the (San Francisco) City Museum and Memorial.