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  • This Rambler appeared in the 1997 blockbuster movie, Titanic.
  • Rambler was the world’s second mass-produced car – a year after Oldsmobile and a year ahead of Ford.

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This car “starred” in the 1997 block buster movie, Titanic. It delivered the luggage for Rose (played by Kate Winslet) and family for their trip on the Titanic.  The car was shipped to Rosarito, Mexico, for filming of the ship’s departure from Southampton, England.  The set was constructed on the starboard side and, in order to shoot the portside departure of the Titanic, the film was flipped in the lab. Among other measures, all of the lettering and signs on the set had to be printed backwards. The steering wheel and column of this right-hand drive car were temporarily moved to the left side, so when the film was flipped, it appeared as right-hand drive. To drive the car during shooting, it required one person to steer and another to operate the pedals.

Thomas B. Jeffery, inventor of the clincher tire and railroad velocipede, produced and sold Rambler bicycles in Chicago from 1878 to 1900.  In 1897, Jeffery began experimenting with his first automobile.  In 1900, he sold his bicycle business and purchased a plant in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where he began manufacturing 1-cylinder Rambler automobiles.

Jeffery’s Rambler was offered for sale in the spring of 1902. It marked the introduction of the world’s second mass-produced car -- a year after Oldsmobile and a year ahead of Ford. All minor and many major repairs could be made to the engine of this 1912 Rambler without removing it from the chassis.  The upper and lower crankcase is one piece, allowing all bearing adjustments and inspections to be made through a removable side plate.

Following the death of Jeffery in 1916, the Rambler automobiles were named Jeffrey in honor of the founder.  In 1919, the company was purchased by Nash Motors.

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