in Sense and Sensibility, Mrs. Gatewood, boasts that her brother owns his own barouche, and Mrs. Elton in Emma drops the fact that her brother owns a barouche into every conversation. I love the word Barouche, it curls off the tongue.
It was a carriage for the man of means. The barouche was a large, four passenger carriage pulled by four horses. It had a folding hood that could be raised to cover two of the passengers. This feature made it popular as a summer carriage.
It was the race-car of the regency. A curricle was a two wheeled carriage with a folding hood for protection from the elements. It was light and speedy, it was drawn by two horses and quickly became the carriage of choice for the fashionable young man about town. The curricle was a good vehicle for showing off your driving skills, and showing off your perfectly matched pair of horses.