Fast, versatile 2-wheeled carriages that were driven by the owners. Most are built for just two passengers on a forward-facing seat. It generally had only one horse and was the precursor to the cabriolet, though it remained popular in England and America through the 19th century.

Hooded Gig

This gig had large wheels, making the occupants feel very high up. There was a folding head to provide protection from the elements for the passengers, however, that would limit the driver’s view (making it difficult to drive in bad weather). There were two small windows (known as “eyes”) that were put in the head to help some and give some peripheral vision on either side. There was a rumble seat for the groom in the back. 

  • Seats: 2 passengers + 1 groom

  • Horses: 1 or 2 in tandem (usually, it’s a single horse)

Stanhope Gig

This was different from other gigs in that it a special suspension system that made it much lighter than other gigs. They were produced in vast numbers, making them affordable and popular with country sportsmen and commercial travelers. They also had extra luggage space in the back and no head.

This style of gig was produced from approximately 1815 to 1850.

  • Seats: 2 passengers

  • Horses: 1 or 2 (in tandem)

Pony Gig

A small, light gig that was mostly used by ladies and for short-distance travel. It's a basic gig that doesn't have a hood and is designed to be pulled by a pony.​

  • Seats: 2 passengers

  • Horses: None! It's pulled by a single pony