Rambler Model 1 Five Passenger Surrey – 1905
Marca : Rambler
Modello : Model 1
Versione : Five Passenger
Anno : 1905
Telaio N. : 6372
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Motore : 2 cilindri contrapposti
Cilindrata : 235ci
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Valvole Cilindro : 2
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Potenza : 18 hp
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2017 – Greenwich – Bonhams – $73.700
Thomas Jeffery was a bicycle manufacturer; his Rambler model the second-best-selling cycle in the United States during the 1890s. At the turn of the19th century, Jeffery became interested in the automobile, and built a single-cylinder car in 1897. The following year, with his son Charles, he built two more and exhibited them in shows in his home city of Chicago and in New York. The new cars had front-mounted two-cylinder engines and left-hand drive and were given a good reception by show-goers and the press. Although the cars were not displayed with a name, the press generally referred to them as ‘Ramblers,’ the brand with which Jeffery was well known.
In 1901, the Jefferys sold the bicycle business to Colonel Albert Pope’s conglomerate, the American Bicycle Company, and went decisively into automobile manufacturing, taking the 1898 car to a new plant in Kenosha, Wisconsin, to work up production. The car that they introduced in February 1902, however, was rather different, having its single-cylinder engine under the seat and being steered by a tiller on the right. Customers found it attractive and 1,500 were sold in the first year at a price of $750.
Rambler cars enjoyed excellent sales, placing third in 1905 and 1906 and remaining in the top ten throughout the decade. Thomas Jeffery died of a heart attack in 1910. In 1914, to honor his father’s memory, Charles Jeffery re-christened the ‘Rambler’ car with the family name. But in 1915, having narrowly escaped death at the sinking of the Lusitania, Charles experienced an epiphany and chose to retire. He sold the company in 1916 to Charles Nash, after which the Nash name was gradually phased in.
This wonderful automobile is an excellent example of the ramble product of 1905. Its current owner a former Horseless Carriage Club of America board member, thoroughly restored the car in the early 2000s. The impressive five passenger side entrance bodywork is beautifully finished in the distinctive Rambler Green color. Fitted with a beautiful set of lamps and generator as well as some fine brass accessories including a very desirable “the Springfield” speedometer. Occupants are protected by a full top assembly. Authentic diamond tufted leather upholstery finishes off this excellent restoration.
The distinctive Rambler radiator is original and still in fine order. The Rambler is in operational condition and its large twin is known to be a good performer. These cars have good power and are very easy to drive even for a first-time driver of cars of this era.