Readers of the Hood River Glacier may have been tempted by this ad for the 1896 and 1897 Rambler bicycles, but it would have been a pretty big purchase. $80 was worth something in the range of $2000 today. And it doesn't even have a suspension or disk brakes.
The company which made the Rambler bicycle until 1900 went on to make the Rambler automobile, which lasted in the US until 1969. I have fond memories of waving at cars behind us from the fold-up rear-facing back seat of a blue-green 1964 Rambler station wagon.
Category: [Downtown Hood River]
When you say Rambler automobile is that like the Nash Rambler or was that another company in it's self?
Charlott on 18th March 2016 @ 7:02am
Yep !... A rear facing back back seat was all the fad ... Along with blue shag carpet coverings and the strong smell of tobacco smoke. Yuck ! First it was in a rambler .... Then the olds vista cruiser wth the skylights ... More at this link ....
Steve r on 18th March 2016 @ 9:42am
By the 1960's Rambler was owned by AMC (American Motors).
My other memory of the Rambler was that it had a "secret compartment" under the carpet in the rear bed where you could hide valuables. Sort of like a glove box under the carpet.
Arthur on 18th March 2016 @ 12:11pm
A Bike for sale a few weeks ago at downtown bike shop $7,400.00
Prices and bicyclists have changed..in Hood River
Judy on 18th March 2016 @ 8:26pm
My second car was a'64, green, "three on the tree", four door, flathead six, Rambler - many a Friday nite cruz'n the gut, cherry comes at the Hand Out, French fries w/ secret sauce from the Artic Circle, chocolate-banana milk shakes from the Ranch or Humm-Dinger! Exciting and delicious memories.
Rowbare' on 20th March 2016 @ 11:09am