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1907 Thomas Flyer

1907 Thomas Flyer

1907 Thomas Flyer

MODEL "35" New York-to-Paris Racer
BUILT BY E. R. Thomas Motor Co.
Buffalo, New York
PRICE $4,500
ENGINE 4 Cylinder, 70 H.P.
BORE 5-3/4"
STROKE 5-1/2"

The roots of the Thomas marque began with the bicycle company of Erwin R. Thomas. He had built a good reputation for assembling lightweight, strong, fast and inexpensive bicycles. In 1896, Thomas began experimenting with engine building and designed a one cylinder, air-cooled gas engine that could be fitted onto his quality bicycles, calling the complete unit an "Auto-Bi". But more important to automotive history was the appearance of his first one-cylinder, four-wheeled motor carriage in 1899. Thomas erected a factory especially for automobile production in Buffalo, New York, and promoted his product with advertisements, sales catalogs, and sales manuals.

The four-cylinder model designated as "Thomas Flyer" had proved to be very reliable, so when it was decided to enter the 1908 New York to Paris (Round-the-World) Race, a brand new 1907 Thomas Flyer was removed from the showroom floor. Extra gas tanks were mounted, spare tires strapped on, and some minor modifications made. After traveling 12,427 land miles (over 22,000 miles overall, including sea voyages) in 170 days, George Schuster, the only crew member to travel the entire distance, drove this car into Paris to win the race. There has not been another attempt at a round-the-world auto race since 1908, and as the current world record holder, this is arguably the most historic American automobile in existence.

Because of its victory in the 1908 New York to Paris Race, Thomas automobile sales increased for a time. In 1911 and early 1912, only six cylinder models were produced and by the end of 1912, E. R. Thomas Motor Car Company production ceased.

Gulf Oil tire ad, 1971

Gulf Oil tire ad, 1971

Remember the days when gas stations sold tires along with batteries, lubrication and minor repair work with a mechanic on duty? Most major oil companies' stations sold national branded tires such as Firestone, Goodyear or B.F. Goodrich, while most Standard Oil descendants (i.e. Exxon, Amoco, Chevron, etc.) sold Atlas tires. Gulf and several other oil companies went even further by selling their own "house brand" of tires, batteries and accessories.

Notice all the tires on sale were of the bias-belted variety as radial tires were still in their infancy (in the U.S.). The highest-priced Gulf 78 WT Belted were equivalent of the original factory tires installed on most 1971 models and similar in design to Goodyear's Polyglas and Firestone's Wide-Ovals.

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