1903 Rambler Model E 6.5hp Runabout  Chassis no. 2112
Lot 303
1903 Rambler Model E 6.5hp Runabout
Sold for £ 48,300 (US$ 62,027) inc. premium

Lot Details
1903 Rambler Model E 6.5hp Runabout  Chassis no. 2112 1903 Rambler Model E 6.5hp Runabout  Chassis no. 2112 1903 Rambler Model E 6.5hp Runabout  Chassis no. 2112 1903 Rambler Model E 6.5hp Runabout  Chassis no. 2112
1903 Rambler Model E 6.5hp Runabout
Registration no. BS 8492
Chassis no. 2112

Footnotes

  • Thomas B Jeffery, egged on by his son Charles, entered the infant motor industry in 1897 in Chicago, Illinois, joining the throng of bicycle manufacturers exploring this new and exciting transport field. The Rambler had its first major public exhibition in Chicago in September 1900 and later that year in New York. A notable feature was tiller steering from the left side of the car and it was this model and its obvious potential which inspired a move to a larger factory in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Although the early cars had forward-mounted engines, Jeffery reverted to the more conventional (for America) format of mounting the engine under the seat, with tiller steering from the right-hand side, for his first major and highly successful production models. The new Rambler featured full elliptic springs front and rear with a live rear axle. The single cylinder engine produced 6 1/2hp. Transmission was via a simple-to- use planetary system with two forward speeds and a reverse gear. An early customer described his Rambler in the following terms – "It is truly a wonderful piece of mechanism. It starts immediately, runs like a jackrabbit and stops only at our will." Only Oldsmobile exceeded Rambler in terms of production numbers in 1902, Rambler keenly pricing its cars at $750 and achieving production numbers in the order of 1,500 cars.

    This car was supplied originally to a Virginia farmer who eventually dismantled the car to keep his daughter from driving it and then stored the car until 1956 when it was sold to collector Reginald Nash of Richmond, Virginia. He kept the car in unrestored condition until 1972, the car passing then to a Canadian owner who finally began restoration of this highly original and little used car in 1978. Acquired by an enthusiastic owner in 1995, restoration was completed in time for the car to be shipped to England to participate in the 1996 Centenary London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. The car duly completed that run with flying colours in the allotted time schedule, reflecting the painstaking restoration. In 2003, to celebrate 100 years of motor racing in the USA, this car with Wayne Stansfield (five times winner of The Great American Race) aboard, completed two demonstration laps of the Daytona 500 Race Track in Florida. In 2006 it again performed reliably from London to Brighton.

    This quintessentially American Rambler is superbly presented in red livery with black lining and fenders and is upholstered in deep-buttoned black leather. It is equipped with brass accessories including kerosene front lamps and a bulb horn. The standard of restoration earned the Rambler a prestigious and coveted National First Prize at an AACA National Meeting. Overall condition today reflects meticulous conservation of all major features and the most careful use since restoration which included the fitting of a new radiator and transmission gears. A concession to running in busy modern traffic is the small cooling fan, carefully fitted using existing mountings. This most capable and surprisingly nimble veteran, offered from British ownership, again successfully completed the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run every year between 2007 & 2010. The car has been officially dated by the VCC and comes with a Dating Certificate and Report issued in 2015. It is UK registered and offered with a V5C document.
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