An immigrant to the United States from England, Thomas Jeffery began manufacturing bicycles in 1878, and by the late 19th Century, Gormully & Jeffery bicycles were among the top selling makes in America. Like so many other inventors of the time, the industrious and inventive Thomas Jeffery became fascinated with the horseless carriage. In 1897, Mr. Jeffery began experimenting with motorized vehicles. When his partner passed away he sold his interest in the Gormully & Jeffery company and purchased a factory in Kenosha, Wisconsin, to begin building the Rambler Automobile, the name being carried over from a bicycle model that he had previously manufactured.
Offered for sale at auction is this wonderfully restored 1905 Rambler Type I Touring / 5 Passenger Surrey, one of the finest examples of an early Brass Era Rambler that can be found anywhere today. The restoration was performed by its current owner, a former board member of the Horseless Carriage Club of America, to a high standard of quality and authenticity. From the very beginning, the restoration focused on every detail and historical note. A full complement of correct, original brass accessories adorn the Rambler. One can clearly see the badging indicating the manufacture of the accessory lights in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The mechanical condition of this vehicle is exceptional; it was restored with the purpose of historic preservation, with occasional light touring. Opportunities to own a vehicle of this caliber and historical significance are extremely rare, and this Rambler would be a wonderful piece for any serious collector or museum of quality Brass Era automobiles. Vehicle sold with a recent registration.