Coaches were originally large, usually closed, four-wheeled carriages with two or more horses harnessed as a team, controlled by a coachman and/or one or more postilions. A coach had doors in the sides, with generally a front and a back seat inside and, for the driver, a small, usually elevated seat in front called a box, box seat or coach box.
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations 
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 462.
- Ne sait on pas où viennent ces gondoles Parisiennes?
- Does anyone know where these gondolas of Paris came from?
- Honore de Balzac, Physiologie du Mariage (1827). N. Q. S. 5, IV. 499. V. 195.
- Go, call a coach, and let a coach be called;
And let the man who calleth be the caller;
And in the calling, let him nothing call,
But coach! coach! coach! O for a coach, ye gods!
- Henry Carey, Chrononhotonthologos, Act II, scene 4, line 46.
- The gondola of London [a hansom].
- Benjamin Disraeli, Lothair, Chapter XXVII. H. Schutz Wilson in Three Paths, claims to have originated the phrase (1759).
- Our chariots and our horsemen be in readiness.
- Come, my coach! Good-night, ladies.
- When I am in my coach, which stays for us
At the park gate.
- "There beauty half her glory veils,
In cabs, those gondolas on wheels."
- Said to be taken from May Fair, a satire publication (1827).