1910 Thomas Flyer K6-70 Flyabout / 318 Chassis Information

1910 Thomas Flyer K6-70 photograph

1910 Thomas Flyer K6-70 photograph

1910 Thomas Flyer K6-70 photograph

1910 Thomas Flyer K6-70 photograph

1910 Thomas Flyer K6-70 photograph

1910 Thomas Flyer K6-70 photograph

1910 Thomas Flyer K6-70 photograph

1910 Thomas Flyer K6-70 photograph

1910 Thomas Flyer K6-70 photograph

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Flyabout
Chassis #: 318
Sold for $825,000 at 2016 Bonhams : The Amelia Island Auction.
By 1910, like so many other automakers, Thomas was fighting for sales. Their 'Around the World' feat had won them notoriety, but by 1910, that reputation was beginning to fade and sales were drying up a little. One source of business was the 'light' or 'semi' commercial market to which Thomas delivered several of their production cars. One of those companies that specialized in transforming them for such use was the Webb Company of St. Louis.

In 1910, the city of Chattanooga took delivery of their new fire apparatus. The Webb bodied Thomas would remain with them for nearly half-a-century. In 1956, the city parted ways with the Thomas, which at this point had long been retired from particular use and was more of a novelty. It was sold to Tommy Lynch, the grandson of Mr. Wilcox the gentleman who had originally acquired it for the city commission.

Mr. Harold Coker was very interested in the vehicle and would spend roughly eight years negotiating with the Wilcox family to retrieve the car. Eventually his persistence prevailed and this car became the first Thomas to enter the Coker stable. Over time, the family would own no fewer than 11 examples.

Coker commissioned a comprehensive restoration of the car. Its 'Flyabout' coachwork was built using comparison with the car that he felt was the best representation of the model, that of Mahlon Patton of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The restoration work was completed in the early 1970s. At its show debut at one of the nation's most prominent Concours, at the Antique Automobile Club of America's Hershey Fall Meet in 1972 where it won a First Prize.

The car was later sold to David Noran, and later to the current owner. During its 116 year life span, it has had just five owners. In the care of its current caretaker, it has been re-freshened and properly re-commissioned.


By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2016

2016 Bonhams : The Amelia Island Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$900,000-$1,200,000 
Sale Price :
$825,000

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1910 sales)
1910 THOMAS FLYER MODEL K 6-70 'FLYABOUT'
Chassis#: 318
Sold for $825,000
  2016 Bonhams : The Amelia Island Auction
1910 Thomas Flyer K6-70 image  1910 Thomas Flyer K6-70 image  
1910 Thomas Flyer 6-70 Touring Recreation
Sold for $36,300
  2003 Carail Museum
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1910 Thomas Flyer K6-70's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1910 Thomas Flyer K6-702042009 Sports & Classics of Monterey$450,000$700,000$900,000
1910 Thomas Flyer K6-70 2009 Automobiles of Arizona$675,000$900,000$1,100,000

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Thomas Flyer K6-701909 Touring
Chassis Num: K 179
Engine Num: 1675/1667


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