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1913 Rambler Cross Country Touring
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$46,750.00 None Auction Results
Description: 1913 Rambler Cross Country Touring
RM Auctions
Automobiles of Amelia Island Collector Car Auction
Amelia Island, Florida
March 13, 2010
AUCTION RESULTS: Lot 171 - Sold at a price of $46,750

Model 83. 42 hp, 318 cu. in. inline L-head four-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission, solid front axle and live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, two-wheel mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 120"

Like many a pioneering automobile, the Rambler car was born of the bicycle industry. Thomas Jeffery's Rambler bicycle was the second-best-selling cycle in America during the 1890s. As the decade closed, Jeffery experimented with a car, and in 1898, he and his son Charles exhibited two of them at Chicago and New York.

In 1901, father and son sold off the bicycle business to Colonel Albert Pope's American Bicycle Company and concentrated on automobiles. They built a new plant in Kenosha, Wisconsin and started production. The first model was a single-cylinder car with tiller steering. Some 1,500 were sold in the first year at a price of $750.

The Rambler make placed third in 1905 and 1906 and stayed in the top ten through 1910. That year, Thomas Jeffery died of a heart attack. Charles continued to run the company but made few changes to the cars. Endurance runs were important for demonstrating the reliability of new cars, and after some successful trips, Jeffery designated his touring car as the "Cross Country." He lost interest in the business in 1914, when he narrowly escaped drowning at the sinking of the Lusitania, and sold the company to Charles Nash in 1916.

An older restoration, this Rambler Cross Country is nicely finished in Brewster Green with black fenders. The brightwork is nickel-plated, and there is a black canvas top, in very good condition. The body is showing signs of aging, and rust is coming through in a few places. The paint, particularly on the fenders, has faded slightly. The 36-inch whitewall tires roll on wood-spoke wheels, painted green.

The seats appear to have been upholstered more recently, done in black leather with a button-tufted pattern. There are green carpets on the floor, and the wood steering wheel has been recently refinished.
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