The car belonged to Henry Janssen of Buffalo, NY for many years. He bought it from a museum in Buffalo when it closed. It was a very original and complete car when Henry bought it. He began to do some restoration on the wood of the body and re-wooded the wheels
Henry enjoyed the Thomas for the rest of his years. His estate sold the Thomas to a collector in Washington where it had a complete restoration; finished in 2005 and shown at a few local Concours shows and driven about 300 miles in Single Cylinder Tours, Completed the Single Cyl Touring Registry Tour in LaConner, WA
1903 was Thomas` first year of production. There are 5 other known examples of this car. Powered by a single cyl, 8 hp engine with 106.3 cu.inch displacement. This rear entrance tonneau with a 3 speed progressive transmission, leather cone clutch, 28 x 3 wheels, geared water pump, and chain drive is as new
When restored, every part was fitted with new bearings, polished and balanced the crank and flywheel, rebushed portions of the trans, rebuilt the rear end, new tires, new black leather upholstery, etc.
The brass lamps were done by Rick Britten and is one of a few known to exist. The single self generating head light is correct for the car and the only one known to exist. The Thomas starts on the first or second pull, runs and drives very nicely and is very reliable.
I recently installed a hidden push button starter to save my aging arms!! Eligible for the London Brighton Tour for sure!!! I have owned this Thomas for the last 5 years and shown it at Amelia Island in 2014. Priced way below my investment at $175,000. Interesting trades considered.
Sold in 3 days on HCCA.org 11-06-2017