The Rambler story starts with Thomas R. Jeffery, a cycle manufacturer in Chicago, producing bicycles from 1878 to 1900. A plant in Kenosha, Wisconsin was established to manufacture his single cylinder Runabout. The first cars offered for sale in 1902 are significant as the second ‘mass produced’ cars to go into production. This was a year after the Olds Curved Dash and a year before Henry Ford started production. Production figures placed it third in the league table with 1500 cars built in 1902.    

   Selling for $750 dollars in 1903 the model E  was finished in ‘Automobile Red’ with black fenders and fine black lining. The bonnet was used to store tools and a repair kit supplied with the car. The rear seat was a popular add-on item of the day.    

                                                                      1/16th scale kit.

                                                                          Built by Rod.

    This cars was made in the early 1980s so is brush painted with Humbrol enamels and built straight from the box.

    Aurora kits vary in quality a little but the 1/16th scale range of cars was pretty good. Rod built ths model straight from the box in the early 1980s so it is all brush painted with Humbrol enamel paints.

    The level of detail in this kit not only speaks well of the kit but also points to the ingenuity of the subjects design. The workable concept of the motor car is less than 20 years old and so many of these ideas were worked out of constant trials and tribulations, and occasional moments of sheer brilliance, but perhaps having the fuel tank over the radiator isn't one of them.