Drop Shaft Sulky

Drop Shaft Sulky


The drop shaft allows easier access into the sulky which was always a concern for the ladies in long dresses of the era. There are sarven hubs and mud-guards.

This vehicle has short shafts and must have been pulled by a quite small pony.


Black body with maroon undercarriage and pale pink lining.


The drop shaft or bent shaft sulky became popular with Brisbane coachbuilders in the early days of this century. As with all the sulkies, a handle was fitted under the seat which adjusted the seat to balance the vehicle.

The name sulky is a misnomer and its use was opposed by many coachbuilders who preferred the term ‘road cart’. A sulky was traditionally a single person vehicle.

This vehicle belonged to Mr Francis Young of The Grange, Brisbane. (Bolton Collection)



Find out more about other sulkies and gigs in the National Carriage Collection.