Surrey (carriage)

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A 1909 Studebaker surrey on display at the Northeast Texas Rural Heritage Center and Museum in August 2015

A surrey is a "popular American doorless, four-wheeled carriage of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Usually two-seated (for four passengers), surreys had a variety of tops, ranging from the rigid, fringed canopy-top … to parasol and extension tops."[1] The seats were traditional, spindle-backed (often upholstered), bench seats. Before the advent of automobiles, these were horse-drawn carriages.

The name is short for "Surrey cart", named after Surrey in England, where they were first made.[2]

In popular culture[edit]

It was famously celebrated in the song "The Surrey with the Fringe on Top" from the musical Oklahoma!.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Surrey", Encyclopædia Britannica. (Retrieved 2014-02-03.)
  2. ^ "Etymonline".