Rumble seat

Rumble seat
This 1931 Ford Model A sport roadster features a rumble seat

A rumble seat, dicky seat, dickie seat or dickey seat is an upholstered exterior seat which hinges or otherwise opens out from the rear deck of a pre-World War II automobile, and seats one or more passengers. An 1899 Century Dictionary describes a rumble as " A seat for servants in the rear of a carriage". Roadster, Coupe and Cabriolet auto body styles were offered with either a luggage compartment or a rumble seat in the deck. Models equipped with a rumble seat were often referred to as a sport coupe or sport roadster.

Rumble seat passengers were essentially seated out in the elements, and received little or no protection from the regular passenger compartment top. Folding tops and side curtains for rumble seats were available for some cars (including the Ford Model A) but never achieved much popularity. It is possible that the last American-built cars with a rumble seat were the 1939 Ford[1] and 1939 Dodge[2] and Plymouth.[3]


  1. ^ Roush Automotive Collection.
  2. ^ Corporation, Chrysler. "". Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  3. ^ Benjaminson, Jim (1930-04-08). "". Retrieved 2011-11-20. 

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