The Thomas Flyer Flyabout 1908 model was sold as part of the collection of Wolfgang Gawor, a German industrialist who had lived in the Channel Islands.
It was hammered down at £235,000, against a £150,000-250,000 estimate, making it the top lot of The Wolfgang Gawor Collection of Cars and Motoring Memorabilia on June 7 at Athelhampton House in Dorchester. It sold to an online buyer via thesaleroom.com.
The car had been completely rebuilt by Wolfgang Gawor from the chassis upward. It has a four cylinder engine of 60 horse power spark. The chassis now has a number of GSY02F1553. It was originally unnumbered but stamped to meet Guernsey Traffic Regulations.
The Thomas Motor Company was a manufacturer of motorized bicycles, motorcycles and cars in Buffalo in New York between 1900-19.
The Gawor sale made an auction total (including premium of 22%) of £395,000.
Other vintage cars will be offered at auction this month. Bonhams in the Netherlands will offer The Den Hartogh Collection on June 23. The collection includes a 1903 Ford Model A open tourer with a €55,000-70,000 estimate and no reserve. The catalogue describes it as one of a very early batch of cars delivered by Ford to AC Barker’s Agency in Chicago on August 15 1903.