1906 Thomas Flyer Touring Car

Summary

The E. R. Thomas Company of Buffalo, New York, manufactured this touring car during its peak production year of 1906. Known for their high performance, born out in 1908 when a Flyer won the New York to Paris race, they were also expensive. This vehicle sold for $3,700. The company faltered a few years after Henry Ford perfected his Model T.

The E. R. Thomas Company of Buffalo, New York, manufactured this touring car during its peak production year of 1906. Known for their high performance, born out in 1908 when a Flyer won the New York to Paris race, they were also expensive. This vehicle sold for $3,700. The company faltered a few years after Henry Ford perfected his Model T.

Artifact

Automobile

Date Made

1906

Driving America
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Driving America

Object ID

68.111.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Steel (Alloy)
Metal
Leather
Rubber (Material)
Wood (Plant Material)
Brass (Alloy)
Glass (Material)

Color

Gray (Color)
Black (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 99 in

Width: 69 in

Length: 168 in

Inscriptions

On brass side lamps: Solar/ Model 624/ Patents [...] On brass head lamps: Solar/ Parabolens Projector/Type 684/Badger Brass MFG Co. Kenosha WIS USA On brass rear lamp: Solar/ no. 805 On front nose: Thomas emblem Hubcaps: T On generator on right running board: The Automatic Shaking Grate Generator/ Patented/ Made by/ Rushmore Dynamo Works/ Plainfield NJ USA

Specifications

Make & Model: 1906 Thomas Flyer touring car

Maker: E.R. Thomas Motor Company, Buffalo, New York

Engine: inline-4, T-head valves, 523 cubic inches

Transmission: 4-speed manual

Height: 99 inches

Wheelbase: 118 inches

Width: 69 inches

Overall length: 168 inches

Weight: 3200 pounds

Horsepower: 50

Pounds per horsepower: 64

Price: $3,500

Average 1906 wage: $523 per year

Time you'd work to buy this car: about 6 years, 9 months

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