1907 Thomas Flyer 4-60T
he Erwin Ross (E.R.) Thomas Motor Company produced automobiles from 1902 through 1919. Production transpired in Buffalo, New York. The first cars produced by the company appeared in 1903 and were mostly small runabouts with seating for two. The company had begun like so many other auto-manufacturing firms at the time - through a bicycle business. Thomas had been building bicycles for several companies before making the switch to automotive production.
The first E.R. Thomas Motor cars were powered by a vertically-mounted water-cooled straight-three cylinder engine that produced just over 20 horsepower. The engine was mated to a two-speed planetary gearbox.
As times progressed, so did the E.R. Thomas Motor Cars. The Company did much to promote their vehicles and to attract customers, such as painting the cars in bright and attractive colors. The cars became more powerful and elegant and became renowned for their reliability and endurance.
In 1908, an E.R. Thomas Car was entered into 'The Great Race' which ran from New York to Paris. The decision was made at the last minute and there was little time to properly adapt the car for the race. Instead, the company pulled one from the production line and entered it into the race. The race began at New York during the winter and proceeded for San Francisco. The entrants then loaded onto a boat and traveled to Alaska and then Siberia. Once they arrived at Siberia, the race continued.
The race lasted 171 days and covered 13,300 miles. At the conclusion of the race, ending in Paris, it was an E.R. Thomas in first place, claiming the overall victory.
Demand for the E.R. Thomas Motor cars increased after the heroic victory. In 1911, the company only produced six-cylinder cars. Within a year, the car had entered into receivership and purchased by C.A. Finnegan of the Empire Smelting Company. The company continued to produce cars through 1916, after which, the cars were able to be special ordered. It is believed that the company continued until 1918 or 1919.by Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2007
Engine Num: D212
This 4-60 Model 35 is a sister car to the winner of the 20,000-mile 1908 New York to Paris race. This car looks like the winner as it was taken off the assembly line in Buffalo, NY, to start the race, except for the racing modifications. The 1907 mod....[continue reading]
Chassis Num: D1051
Engine Num: D448
The 1907 Thomas Flyer power by a four-cylinder engine and producing 60 horsepower was fitted to a 118-inch wheelbase and offered in a variety of bodystyles including a Tourer, Runabout, Landaulet, and three styles of Limousines. The T-head engine ha....[continue reading]
Chassis Num: 22382
Built on the same chassis with basically the same components as the New York to Paris-winning Thomas Flyer, this Model 36, 60 hp was the largest and most powerful Thomas model built in 1907 before the larger 70 horsepower 6-cylinder car was introduce....[continue reading]