1903 Thomas Rear Entrance Tonneau Vehicle Profile

1903 Thomas Rear Entrance photograph

1903 Thomas Rear Entrance photograph

1903 Thomas Rear Entrance photograph

1903 Thomas Rear Entrance photograph

1903 Thomas Rear Entrance photograph

1903 Thomas Rear Entrance photograph

1903 Thomas Rear Entrance photograph

1903 Thomas Rear Entrance photograph

1903 Thomas Rear Entrance photograph

1903 Thomas Rear Entrance photograph

1903 Thomas Rear Entrance photograph

1903 Thomas Rear Entrance photograph

1903 Thomas Rear Entrance photograph

1903 Thomas Rear Entrance photograph

1903 Thomas Rear Entrance photograph

1903 Thomas Rear Entrance photograph

1903 Thomas Rear Entrance photograph

1903 Thomas Rear Entrance photograph

1903 Thomas Rear Entrance photograph

1903 Thomas Rear Entrance photograph

1903 Thomas Rear Entrance photograph

1903 Thomas Rear Entrance photograph

1903 Thomas Rear Entrance photograph

1903 Thomas Rear Entrance photograph

1903 Thomas Rear Entrance photograph

1903 Thomas Rear Entrance photograph

1903 Thomas Rear Entrance photograph

1903 Thomas Rear Entrance photograph

1903 Thomas Rear Entrance photograph

1903 Thomas Rear Entrance photograph

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Tonneau
Sold for $89,600 at 2020 Bonhams : Amelia Island Concours.
The irony of the Thomas Flyer Company was that it was fostered by a man who never actually learned to drive a motor car. Founded in Buffalo, NY, in 1900, by Edwin Ross Thomas, the company began by building bicycles and motorcycles. Car production began in 1902, in a new factory; the first model was a light single-cylinder car, joined soon after by a twin-cylinder, and in 1903 by a three-cylinder car with a DeDion-type bonnet.

When this example was discovered, it had an incorrect engine and transmission. It had what turned out to be one of only two 1904 Buick engines in existence - Buick only produced 37 cars in 1904. After much searching, a correct engine was located, and the restoration was completed after manufacturing several of the 'impossible-to-find' parts required.

This car was acquired by Harold Coker in the 1990s from William S. Abbott in Godfrey, Illinois. It is reported that this car was driven from New York to St. Louis for the 1904 World's Fair where it was used as part of a Fair and was known as 'The Red Devil.' A short time later, its first owner, who lived in Union, Missouri, determined that the single-cylinder Thomas was now powerful enough to climb the hill to his home. Following complaints, the car was returned to the E.R. Thomas Company. Since they did not have a suitable powerplant, a more powerful twin-cylinder Buick unit of a similar era was installed.

While in Mr. Coker's care, a restoration was begun with hopes of returning it to its original specification. The Buick engine was removed and a new single-cylinder unit was recast from patterns made from an original 1903 Thomas. The former Buick two-cylinder motor was sold and the proceeds were used to help fund the restoration. Since the restoration, the car has been shown by the Coker family at various concours and events, most recently at the Atlanta Concours d'Elegance in 2018.


2020 Bonhams : Amelia Island Concours

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $100,000-USD $125,000 
Sale Price :
USD $89,600

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1903 sales)
1903 Thomas Model 18 Single Cylinder 8HP Rear Entrance Tonneau
Sold for USD$89,600
  2020 Bonhams : Amelia Island Concours
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Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1903 Thomas Rear Entrance's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1903 Thomas 18 Tonneau6352015 Bonhams Amelia Island Auction $225,000$275,000

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Thomas Rear Entrance1903 Tonneau
Chassis Num: 635
Engine Num: 635


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