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1913 Rambler


Engine Type:
4-Cylinder

Transmission Type:
42 Horsepower

Truck Information:
This 1913 Rambler was a plumber's truck; it has a pipe rack on the side. Rambler was made in Wisconsin and it may be the only chain-drive Rambler truck there is. The truck is not far removed from a wagon. There are no comforts for the driver other than a steering wheel and seat; you're still out in the open. The little kerosene lights on the cowl wouldn't do much good, but people were not out in the trucks much at night during those times. The driver's seat is still on the right. Cars and trucks were made in this era with the steering wheel on either side; it wasn't standardized yet. At that time it was up to the manufacturer which side they decided to put the steering wheel. On the far right there are two levers; one is the parking brake, the other is the gear shift. Thomas B. Jeffery of Chicago was the builder of Rambler bicycles before he built his first car in 1897. He set up shop in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in 1900, with a plan to build automobiles on a large scale. This is where Rambler cars began. In 1902 the Thomas B. Jeffery Company was the second largest automaker in the U.S., second only to Oldsmobile. This truck was built in 1913; the very next year the Rambler brand was renamed Jeffery.



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