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1910 Thomas Flyer M6-40 Touring / 380 Vehicle Information

1910 Thomas Flyer M6-40 photograph

1910 Thomas Flyer M6-40 photograph

1910 Thomas Flyer M6-40 photograph

1910 Thomas Flyer M6-40 photograph

1910 Thomas Flyer M6-40 photograph

1910 Thomas Flyer M6-401910 Thomas Flyer M6-401910 Thomas Flyer M6-401910 Thomas Flyer M6-401910 Thomas Flyer M6-40
Sold for $275,000 at 2014 Bonhams - The Scottsdale Auction.
Prior to manufacturing automobiles, Erwin Ross (E.R.) Thomas was in the bicycle business. During the 1890s, E. R. was the managing director for H. A. Lozier & Co. who produced the Cleveland bicycle. Realizing the potential in the newly introduced automobiles business, he left Lozier to take over the Buffalo Automobile and Auto-Bi company, which had a reputation for producing bicycles and motorcycle engines. In 1900, E.R. changed the name of the company to Thomas Auto-Bi. The following year, Thomas claimed to have built more air-cooled motors than anyone else. In 1903, E.R. introduced the first Thomas automobiles. They were small runabouts, like so many other automakers at the time, positioned mid-market.

Along with a solid reputation for durability and speed, E.R. finished his vehicles in bright colors and used large amounts of ornate brass accessories to further highlight his creations. The companies notoriety was taken to new levels in 1908 when it won 'The Great Race.' The route went from New York across the United States to San Francisco. The vehicles were then shipped to Alaska, and across the Bering Straight, either by ship or by ice to Siberia.

The Thomas-Flyer used to win the race was a stock 1907 model that was selected from the factory lot. 13,341 miles and 171 days later, the Thomas rolled into Paris ahead of its competition and into the history books.

In September of 1909, the light six Model M was introduced for the 1910 model year. The Model M was an improvement over the previous year's Model L. They had a new T-head engine which replaced the L-head design. They had a larger hood and radiator to house the 40-horsepower powerplant, though in reality it produced a maximum of 64 horsepower at 1500 RPM.

To showcase the potential of the new engine, a Model M was stripped of all of its gears except high and reverse 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. This incredible accomplishment was done all in top gear.

Chassis no. 380
This Thomas Flyer was purchased new by Mr. Sachreter on May 5th of 1910 as a gift for his son. Mr Sachreter used the car until 1918, when he left to serve in the Army during World War I. Upon his return, his father had a new Marmon waiting for him. The Thomas would remain in its laid up state, on blocks, for the next 39 years. In the 1950s, the car was in need of refurbishment, and Mr. Sachreter entrusted HCCA members Jack and Barbara White with the work. A short time later, the car was back in working condition. In 1958 it made its first touring appearance as an 'antique' at the Reno Tour. The car would enjoy many tours with Mr. Sachreter.

In the 1960's, William Fisk 'Bill' Harrah was able to purchase the Thomas from its original long-term custodian. Mr. Harrah had the paint refinished in the original color scheme. It was eventually sold during the Harrah's dispersal auctions in the 1980s, and has since resided in a European collection.

The car has red leather upholstery which is original, a rear sisal mat, running boards, and original toolbox with red lined trays containing many original tools.

Power is from an inline 6-cylinder T-head 440 cubic-inch engine capable of producing 64 horsepower. There is a four-speed manual transmission and rear drum brakes.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2014



2014 Bonhams - The Scottsdale Auction

Sale Price :
USD $275,000

1910 Thomas Flyer M6-40 Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1910 sales)
1910 Thomas Model M-6-40 Flyabout
Chassis#: 1088
Sold for USD$190,400
  2021 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island Auction
1910 Thomas Flyer M6-40 image  1910 Thomas Flyer M6-40 image  
1910 Thomas Model M 6-40 Flyabout
Sold for USD$112,000
  2020 Bonhams : Amelia Island Concours
1910 Thomas Flyer M6-40 image  1910 Thomas Flyer M6-40 image  
1910 Thomas Flyer Model 6-40 Touring
Chassis#: 380
Sold for USD$275,000
  2014 Bonhams - The Scottsdale Auction
1910 Thomas Flyer M6-40 image  

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

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Thomas Flyer M6-40 Vehicle Profiles
Seven Passenger Touring
Thomas Flyer M6-40 Seven Passenger Touring

Model Year: 1909
Profile
Seven Passenger Touring
Thomas Flyer M6-40 Seven Passenger Touring

Chassis Num: 254
Model Year: 1909
Profile and Auction History
Flyabout
Thomas Flyer M6-40 Flyabout

Chassis Num: 7430
Model Year: 1909
Profile and Auction History

Seven Passenger Touring
Thomas Flyer M6-40 Seven Passenger Touring

Model Year: 1910
Profile
Touring
Thomas Flyer M6-40 Touring

Engine Num: M 79
Model Year: 1910
Profile and Auction History
Tourabout
Thomas Flyer M6-40 Tourabout

Chassis Num: 1088
Engine Num: 1070
Model Year: 1910
Profile and Auction History

Touring
Thomas Flyer M6-40 Touring

Chassis Num: 380
Engine Num: 281
Model Year: 1910
Profile and Auction History
Seven Passenger Touring
Thomas Flyer M6-40 Seven Passenger Touring

Chassis Num: 559
Engine Num: 573
Model Year: 1910
Profile
Limousine
Thomas Flyer M6-40 Limousine

Model Year: 1912
Profile

Runabout
Thomas Flyer M6-40 Runabout

Engine Num: 1623
Model Year: 1912
Profile and Auction History


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