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A Little History / [Title Page] A Little History Or A Test Of Endurance THOMAS B. JEFFERY & COMPANY, KENOSHA, WISCONSIN]

A Little History / [Title Page] A Little History Or A Test Of Endurance



Publication: Thomas B Jeffrey & Company, 1904, Kenosha

First edition. 7 3/4" x 1/4" in tan printed wrappers. 32pp. Illustrations. Testimonials. Under the authority of the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers, on October 7, 1903, thirty-four automobiles from various manufacturers lined up for the greatest endurance test of the automobile ever made. As many automobiles could be entered by any one manufacturer as wanted. Manufacturers wanted to ascertain the enduring qualities of their own machines. Cars losing the least number of points in the way of repairs and adjustment en route was to be declared the winner. Among the contestants were two Ramblers, taken from regular stock, costing just $750, weighing from 1200 - 1500 pounds and with 7 horse-power motors. The majority of other cars cost from $2000 to $7000, weighed from 2500 - 3000 pounds, and with 20 horse-power motors. Rambler N. 17 was driven by Edward Collier and Rambler No. 18 was driven by Arthur Gardiner. The trip began in Weehawken and onto Buffalo, to Cleveland and finally to Pittsburgh. Day-by-day description of the trip including all challenges and difficulties. At the finish of the test, "Nothing could have so demonstrated the enduring qualities and practical value of the Rambler automobile. Wind and rain, mud to the hubs, bridges washed away, miles of flooded roads, rivers out of their banks, could not stop the progress of these machines." As a result of this test and how well the vehicles performed, in 1903 Jeffery sold 1,350 Ramblers! Illustrations of Rambler offices and factory along with several black and white pictures of the vehicles during the testing. Light soiling to first few pages. "Property of J.J. Waters; Return to J.J. Waters, Sidney, N.Y." written in pencil on front wrapper. Light soiling to wrappers along with rubbing to spine and light chipping and wear to the extremities. Very good.

Inventory Number: 46053