Oldtimer picture gallery. Motorcycles. Pre-1932 USA motorcycles. Rambler.
1904-1905, Pope Mfg. Co., Hartford, Connecticut, USA.
1902-1903, American Cycle Mfg. Co., Hartford, Connecticut, USA.

Offices: Chicago, New York City, San Francisco.

The Rambler make was a part of the Pope empire, famous bicycle producer since 1878. In 1902 Pope organized American Cycle Mfg. Co. specially for motor bicycle production. Production spectrum included seven trademarks: (Western Line) Rambler, Crescent, Monarch, Imperial; (Eastern Line) Columbia, Cleveland, Tribune. Two models were issued, 1-cyl. F-head 13/4hp Model A - clone of "Camel Back" Indian assembled from Aurora Automatic Machinery Co. units (Rambler, Crescent, Monarch, Imperial), and own motor 1-cyl. F-head 21/4hp Model B (Columbia, Cleveland, Tribune). Both models have been produced under multiple bicycle old trademarks well known by dealers and cyclists. These makes had minor differencies between them but their common special feature was characteristic shape ot the gasoline tank.


1902-1905 Model A: 1-cyl. F-head 13/4hp, 15.85 cu in (259.8cc), bore 219/32", stroke 3", battery ignition, 1-speed, 5...30 mph, $225 (1904), $210 (1905)
   Rambler, 290k 1904 poster, engine, 41k III 1904 photo.

Bicycles (It's interesting that I haven't bicycle ads in 1902-1905 "motorcycle" years. Coincidence?)

Prices, 47k list from The Bicycling World magazine, 7 IV 1907.
Rambler, 65k poster.
Rambler, 100k poster, 61k poster.
Rambler, 120k 1899 poster, 59k poster.
Rambler, 110k poster, 32k poster.
Rambler, 85k poster.
Rambler, 118k poster, 209k poster.
Rambler, 58k poster, 84k poster, 108k poster, 51k poster, 77k poster.
Rambler, 158k poster, 90k poster.
Rambler, 68k poster.
Rambler, 101k poster.
Rambler, 103k photo, 60k poster.
Rambler, 115k Italian poster, 104k poster, 53k poster.

Photos and data are from:
Author's archive.
Standard Catalog of American Motorcycles 1898-1981 by Jerry Hatfield.
Cycle and Automobile Trade Journal, 1902, 1904, 1906.
The Bicycling World magazine, 7 IV 1907.
The Cosmopolitan, 1892, 1897, 1901.
Munsey's Magazine, 1897, 1899.
The Western Druggist, 1896.

Thanks for help to:
Evgenii Pevzner (Moskva), motorcycle historian,
Thanks to all authors of books, articles and internet resources, to photographers - contemporary and old, to restorers and collectors!
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