1915 JEFFERY 27HP RACEABOUT OPEN - £68,000
1915 Jeffery 27hp. RaceaboutChassis number: 59843Registration number: AA-34-35 Portugal.This car comes to us from sunny Portugal where it was stored for decades in a museum, it is in perfect working order and it is finished in the yellow& wears a body inspired by the Mercer Raceabout. The car is freshly serviced with a rebuilt autovac & is in excellent running condition.The 27HP model was announced to the public in 1914 and the production was ceased the following year.The Thomas Jeffery 27HP was equipped with a 4 cylinder 3500cc engine which output was 27hp. The engine was installed on the shortest chassis of their production for a wheelbase of 305cm (120inch) and a speedster body which is completely reminiscent of the more famous Mercer Raceabout was added post war. This makes the car a powerful machine with good performance for the era & a surprising turn of speed. Easy to operate & easy to drive this is a car that gives the full on "Mr Toad" experience.Comfortable buttoned leather covered bucket seats are installed. Beaded edge tyres are fitted making the steering quite light & direct. The car has no srotage of brass fittings & fixtures in all the usual places including an acetylene gas generator. The car is very tidy under the bonnet & would not be out of place at a show. A useful storage trunk is fitted behind the drum style fuel tank.About the history of The Jeffery Motor Company:The roots of American Motors Corporation go all the way back to 1887 when a Chicagoan by the name of Thomas Jeffery introduced a new bicycle called the Rambler. A decade later, Rambler bicycles were the second largest sellers in America.He succeeded in building a crude contraption in 1897, but it turns out that Thomas's son Charles was the real car-guy in the family. Charles Jeffery designed a more advanced runabout which he displayed at the 1900 New York auto show.The car, like their popular bicycles, was called the Rambler. It was so well received that the Jefferys sold their bicycle business to finance production of the automobile in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The Rambler was just the second automobile ever to be built on an assembly line.Rambler became one of the most successful cars of America's first decade on wheels and Thomas and Charles Jeffery among its leading lights.In the midst of its market success tragedy struck Rambler with the passing of its elder founder. Son Charles Jeffery assumed control of the company. He began work on a more modern car powered by both four and 6-cylider engines. Debuting in 1914, they were a radical improvement over the old Rambler. So much so that Charles took the risky move of dropping the familiar and respected name and calling the new car the Jeffery.By May 7, 1915, that conflict was a full-fledged world war. On that day the Jeffery Company was impacted in an acutely personal way. Charles Jeffery was traveling to Europe to get a lay of the land that his Quad trucks would soon be traversing. His passage was on the ocean liner, Lusitania. The journey ended violently off the coast of Ireland, when the ship was torpedoed by a German U-boat. The loss of nearly 1200 souls helped turn the tide toward America eventually entering the fray. Charles was lucky enough to be among the 761 passengers who survived. But not before a four hour ordeal, drifting in the cold waters of the Irish Sea, among the debris and dead bodies. Charles was rescued but was he not the same. The Lusitania incident, combined with the still fresh memory of his father's untimely death, brought Jeffery to a decision point. Already a highly successful automaker at the ripe age of forty, he chose to retire. Within a year, the Thomas Jeffery Company had a new owner. Nash Motors was born.The car is ready to be viewed in our showroom.Call Richard Biddulph. Mobile ++44 (0) 7967 260673Simone Della Corte Mobile ++44 (0) 7377070943 Si Parla ItalianoUK & Italian sales.Mike Kliebenstein 0049 170 2043831 Deutsch GesprochenGeman, Austrian Swiss & Southern European sales.Jan Kurty 07872 932675 hovori cesky, slovensky, polskyEastern Europe Sales.Vintage & Prestige of Northampton Ltd.email@example.comShowroom:2 Ryehill Ct, Lodge Farm Industrial Estate, Northampton NN5 7UAViewings & Visits Strictly by appointment only please. We have on site long term storage for over 200 cars with 24 hour security & covered trailer delivery to customers anywhere in Europe.
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