Not rangefinder, but somewhat on topic: Back in the late 50s/early 60s, I shot a lot of road races with a Practina FX with a detachable spring-wound motor drive. Worked well for the period, but as I dimly recall, was a PITA to keep adjusted/synced. Of course, this was a winder, not a full-sequence drive.
"We photographers deal in things
which are continually vanishing,
and when they have vanished,
there is no contrivance on earth
which can make them come back again.
"We cannot develop and print a memory."
HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON, The Decisive Moment, 1952