<b>1912 Thomas Flyer Model MC 6-40 Roadster</b><br />Engine no. 1623

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Lot 171
1912 Thomas Flyer Model MC 6-40 Roadster

Sold for US$ 196,000 inc. premium
1912 Thomas Flyer Model MC 6-40 Roadster
Engine no. 1623

440ci T-Head Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Single Carburetor
64bhp at 1,500rpm
3-Speed Manual Transmission
Front and Rear Leaf Spring Suspension
Rear Drum Brakes

*Freshly completed restoration
*Shown at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance in 2015
*Evocative marque from the Brass Era
*Ready to show or tour


THE THOMAS COMPANY

Like so many of his pioneering contemporaries, Erwin Ross (E. R.) Thomas was in the bicycle business prior to manufacturing automobiles. During the 1890s, E. R. was the managing director for H. A. Lozier & Co. who produced the famous Cleveland bicycle. However, he recognized the huge potential in the newly evolving automobile business and left Lozier to take over the Buffalo Automobile and Auto-Bi company, which was known for its production of bicycles and motorcycle engines. In 1900 E. R. changed the company name to Thomas Auto-Bi, and by 1901 Thomas claimed to build more air-cooled motors than anyone else.

E. R. had bigger things in mind however, and the first Thomas automobiles were introduced in 1903; small runabouts described in the catalog as the happy medium between the cheaper and more expensive cars. By 1905 the Thomas Company was building bigger four-cylinder cars dubbed 'Thomas Flyers'. Thomas Flyers soon gained notoriety among the faster and more flamboyant Touring cars of their day. E. R. had an eye for flair and his huge powerful cars showed it - they were often finished in bright colors and loaded with many ornate brass accessories. The 1907 sales catalogue boasted "You can't go by a Thomas Flyer, so go buy one!"

The Thomas name endures and is most readily remembered for its most astounding victory in one the greatest automotive competition events of the time, the 1908 Le Matin sponsored 'The Great Race'. The route went from New York (in the dead of winter) across the U.S. to San Francisco, then by ship to Alaska, and across the Bering Strait, either by ship or by ice to Siberia. To be certain that the Yukon and the Bering Strait would be covered in ice, the race purposely began in the winter. Many of the dirt-covered trails had never been traveled by a motorcar.

E. R. Thomas made a last minute decision to enter a car and three days prior to the start, a stock 1907 model was selected from the factory lot. 13,341 miles and 171 days later, the victorious Thomas rolled into Paris and forever cemented its place in history.

The incredible performance of the Thomas boosted sales and in September of 1909, the light six Model M was introduced for the 1910 model year. The Model M was a much-improved development from the previous year's Model L, with a new T-head engine replacing the L-head. The massive engine required a bigger hood and radiator, giving the car much more presence. While sales literature called the Model M a 40-horsepower, factory charts showed these engines developed a maximum of 64 horsepower at 1,500rpm. To demonstrate the incredible flexibility and reliability of the newly designed six cylinder, a Model M was taken on a demonstration run after all of its gears except high and reverse were removed from the transmission. The car was driven from Buffalo over the Berkshires, the White Mountains, the Green Mountains and the Adirondacks and back to Buffalo - all in top gear!

Thomas continued to produce the Model M, for the next few years, by 1912 it had acquired an extra inch in the wheelbase and an MC designation, but ostensibly it remained the same.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This 1912 example is offered from the well-known private collection of Harold Coker, who died in 2015 and had a particular fondness for the famed Thomas marque. It was the final one of a series of these cars that would be refurbished in his storied journey of restorations, where throughout the owner's passion was in returning cars to the road in the finest possible condition. The basis of the '12 was acquired over the years, as an accumulation of parts, which are reported to have comprised an original engine, chassis and many correct period parts.

With the Mr. Coker's advancing years, the restoration was entrusted to Honest Charley Garage in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Their work was of exceptional quality and the condition of the car's aesthetics are truly exemplary. In restoring the car to a more tourable car, the decision was taken to modify a period body which had come with the car into the current handsome roadster form it is today.

The car debuted post-restoration here at Amelia Island in 2015, where it was much appreciated, garnering an Amelia Award, it followed this up with presentation at Antique Automobile Club of America Nationals, gaining its Senior National First Prize Award at Ocala, Florida a year ago. Aside from those, it has received very little use in the last three years, solely being carefully stored and look after.

Offering a sporting and very attractive entry for Horseless Carriage Club events and a chance to experience the legendary Thomas automobile, this car with its stealthy presence and renowned 7.2 liter is ready to be shown or toured.
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<b>1912 Thomas Flyer Model MC 6-40 Roadster</b><br />Engine no. 1623
<b>1912 Thomas Flyer Model MC 6-40 Roadster</b><br />Engine no. 1623
<b>1912 Thomas Flyer Model MC 6-40 Roadster</b><br />Engine no. 1623
<b>1912 Thomas Flyer Model MC 6-40 Roadster</b><br />Engine no. 1623
<b>1912 Thomas Flyer Model MC 6-40 Roadster</b><br />Engine no. 1623
<b>1912 Thomas Flyer Model MC 6-40 Roadster</b><br />Engine no. 1623
<b>1912 Thomas Flyer Model MC 6-40 Roadster</b><br />Engine no. 1623
<b>1912 Thomas Flyer Model MC 6-40 Roadster</b><br />Engine no. 1623
<b>1912 Thomas Flyer Model MC 6-40 Roadster</b><br />Engine no. 1623
<b>1912 Thomas Flyer Model MC 6-40 Roadster</b><br />Engine no. 1623
<b>1912 Thomas Flyer Model MC 6-40 Roadster</b><br />Engine no. 1623
<b>1912 Thomas Flyer Model MC 6-40 Roadster</b><br />Engine no. 1623
<b>1912 Thomas Flyer Model MC 6-40 Roadster</b><br />Engine no. 1623
<b>1912 Thomas Flyer Model MC 6-40 Roadster</b><br />Engine no. 1623
<b>1912 Thomas Flyer Model MC 6-40 Roadster</b><br />Engine no. 1623
<b>1912 Thomas Flyer Model MC 6-40 Roadster</b><br />Engine no. 1623
<b>1912 Thomas Flyer Model MC 6-40 Roadster</b><br />Engine no. 1623
<b>1912 Thomas Flyer Model MC 6-40 Roadster</b><br />Engine no. 1623
<b>1912 Thomas Flyer Model MC 6-40 Roadster</b><br />Engine no. 1623
<b>1912 Thomas Flyer Model MC 6-40 Roadster</b><br />Engine no. 1623
<b>1912 Thomas Flyer Model MC 6-40 Roadster</b><br />Engine no. 1623
<b>1912 Thomas Flyer Model MC 6-40 Roadster</b><br />Engine no. 1623
<b>1912 Thomas Flyer Model MC 6-40 Roadster</b><br />Engine no. 1623
<b>1912 Thomas Flyer Model MC 6-40 Roadster</b><br />Engine no. 1623
<b>1912 Thomas Flyer Model MC 6-40 Roadster</b><br />Engine no. 1623
<b>1912 Thomas Flyer Model MC 6-40 Roadster</b><br />Engine no. 1623
<b>1912 Thomas Flyer Model MC 6-40 Roadster</b><br />Engine no. 1623
<b>1912 Thomas Flyer Model MC 6-40 Roadster</b><br />Engine no. 1623
<b>1912 Thomas Flyer Model MC 6-40 Roadster</b><br />Engine no. 1623
<b>1912 Thomas Flyer Model MC 6-40 Roadster</b><br />Engine no. 1623
<b>1912 Thomas Flyer Model MC 6-40 Roadster</b><br />Engine no. 1623
<b>1912 Thomas Flyer Model MC 6-40 Roadster</b><br />Engine no. 1623
<b>1912 Thomas Flyer Model MC 6-40 Roadster</b><br />Engine no. 1623
<b>1912 Thomas Flyer Model MC 6-40 Roadster</b><br />Engine no. 1623
<b>1912 Thomas Flyer Model MC 6-40 Roadster</b><br />Engine no. 1623
<b>1912 Thomas Flyer Model MC 6-40 Roadster</b><br />Engine no. 1623
<b>1912 Thomas Flyer Model MC 6-40 Roadster</b><br />Engine no. 1623
<b>1912 Thomas Flyer Model MC 6-40 Roadster</b><br />Engine no. 1623
<b>1912 Thomas Flyer Model MC 6-40 Roadster</b><br />Engine no. 1623
<b>1912 Thomas Flyer Model MC 6-40 Roadster</b><br />Engine no. 1623
<b>1912 Thomas Flyer Model MC 6-40 Roadster</b><br />Engine no. 1623
<b>1912 Thomas Flyer Model MC 6-40 Roadster</b><br />Engine no. 1623
<b>1912 Thomas Flyer Model MC 6-40 Roadster</b><br />Engine no. 1623
<b>1912 Thomas Flyer Model MC 6-40 Roadster</b><br />Engine no. 1623
<b>1912 Thomas Flyer Model MC 6-40 Roadster</b><br />Engine no. 1623
<b>1912 Thomas Flyer Model MC 6-40 Roadster</b><br />Engine no. 1623
<b>1912 Thomas Flyer Model MC 6-40 Roadster</b><br />Engine no. 1623
<b>1912 Thomas Flyer Model MC 6-40 Roadster</b><br />Engine no. 1623
<b>1912 Thomas Flyer Model MC 6-40 Roadster</b><br />Engine no. 1623
<b>1912 Thomas Flyer Model MC 6-40 Roadster</b><br />Engine no. 1623
<b>1912 Thomas Flyer Model MC 6-40 Roadster</b><br />Engine no. 1623
<b>1912 Thomas Flyer Model MC 6-40 Roadster</b><br />Engine no. 1623
<b>1912 Thomas Flyer Model MC 6-40 Roadster</b><br />Engine no. 1623
<b>1912 Thomas Flyer Model MC 6-40 Roadster</b><br />Engine no. 1623
<b>1912 Thomas Flyer Model MC 6-40 Roadster</b><br />Engine no. 1623
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