1907 Thomas Flyer

1907 Thomas Flyer

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Reno, NV

Date(s) of Construction

ca 1907

Original Owner and Use

E.R. Thomas Motor Company, used in 1908 New York to Paris Race

Present Owner and Use

National Automobile Museum (The Harrah Collection), display and exhibition

Designer / Engineer / Builder

E.R. Thomas Motor Company, Buffalo, NY


The 1907 Thomas Flyer is significant based on all four of the Criteria for Historic Significance. It is associated with important events and important persons in the history of the United States. The Flyer was piloted across the world in the first transcontinental automobile race in 1908 where it took first place when it arrived in Paris months after departing New York City. Its construction value is significant as an exemplary automobile from the first decade of the 20th Century that proved itself in the most grueling possible competition. The Thomas Flyer’s informational value is significant as the most important surviving artifact from the 1908 Paris to New York race and was masterfully restored in the 1950s by noted collector William Harrah with help from the cars original pilot, George Schuster.




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