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Immaculate 1902 Thomas wins Preservation Award at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

Tuesday 30 August 2016, By AutoVolo

Immaculate 1902 Thomas wins Preservation Award at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

Immaculate 1902 Thomas wins Preservation Award at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

A stunning Thomas from 1902 has received the prestigious Preservation Award at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance held in Monterey, California.

The car, a Model No. 17, uses a single-cylinder engine that produces a mere 7bhp. The manufacturer, originally based in Buffalo, New York, rose to fame when an American race team piloted a Thomas Flyer to victory in the 1908 New York to Paris race. The company was in operation until 1919.

Stewart Laidlaw, the car’s co-owner, said: “This 1902 Thomas is believed to be the oldest complete Thomas motor car known to exist.

“Several years ago, it was purchased from the Wells Museum Collection in Maine, which had owned it for more than 60 years.

“I have a total affection for original cars. This car is the best original early car I’ve ever seen.

“When we received the car we removed varnish on the fenders to uncover the original Japan (black paint). An amazing feature is the leather straps in the rear seats which are still intact and typically never survive.

“The wood body retains its original green/grey paint, a colour known as London Smoke, with gold lead pin-striping. The pin-striping on the springs is interesting because of the repeated ‘T’ outline pattern for Thomas.”

Mark Gessler, vice president of FIVA (Federation Internationale des Vehicules Anciens), said while presenting the awards: “Eighteen years ago, in 1998, the first FIVA Preservation Trophy was established at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance to help ensure that stewardship of unrestored vehicles was widely celebrated and strongly encouraged.

“This wonderfully preserved early Thomas motor car is an incredible example of over 100 years of careful stewardship.”