1912 Thomas Flyer MC6-40

History

The 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.


By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2008

1912 Vehicle Profiles

1912 Thomas Flyer MC6-40 vehicle information

Runabout

Engine Num: 1623

Prior to manufacturing automobiles, Erwin Ross (E.R.) Thomas was in the bicycle business. He was the managing director for H.A. Lozier & Co. during the 1890s, which produced the Cleveland bicycle. Recognizing the growing potential of the automobile, ....[continue reading]

1912 Thomas Flyer MC6-40 vehicle information

Limousine

The E. R. Thomas Motor Co. produced cars in Buffalo, New York, from 1903 to 1918. The concern made no secret that it wanted to go racing and entered the Vanderbilt Cup and French Grand Prix, among others. Without doubt, the car and company are best k....[continue reading]

Runabout
 
Limousine
 

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Performance and Specification Comparison

Price Comparison

$495-$4,000
1912 Flyer MC6-40
$5,000-$9,000
1912 Thomas Flyer MC6-40 Price Range: $4,000 - $5,000

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Thomas
1917Ford (622,351)Willys Knight (130,988)Buick (115,267)
1916Ford (734,811)Willys Knight (140,111)Buick (124,834)
1915Ford (501,492)Willys Knight (91,904)Dodge (45,000)
1914Ford (308,162)Overland (48,461)Studebaker (35,374)
1913Ford (168,220)Overland (37,422)Studebaker (31,994)
1912Ford (78,440)Overland (28,572)Buick (19,812)
1911Ford (69,762)Overland (18,745)Maxwell (16,000)
1910Ford (32,053)Buick (30,525)Overland (15,598)
1909Ford (17,771)Buick (14,606)Maxwell (9,460)
1908Ford (10,202)Buick (8,820)Studebaker (8,132)
1907Ford (14,887)Buick (4,641)Maxwell (3,785)

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