Under Law No. 92/1477 of 31 December 1992 on the export of cultural goods, including 13 in its category (collector's vehicles), all means of transport more than 75 years old and horse-drawn vehicles prior to World War II are now classified as cultural goods.
All these vintage horse-drawn vehicles constitute the horse-drawn carriage heritage. The most well-known portion of this heritage are the carriages used for passenger transport: ceremonial, travel, town, sports and leisure carriages.
Under the EU law of 1992 on the export of cultural goods, horse-drawn vehicles prior to World War II are now classified as cultural goods.
These carriages bear witness to:
From the reign of Louis XIV to the dawn of the 20th century, France, at times behind England on a technical level, remained the leader in horse-drawn carriage construction as the premier country in Europe for the beauty, elegance and luxury of its products. Parisian bodywork sets the tone: it is imitated and copied, but never rivalled.