Vintage car
This Thomas Flyer Flyabout 1908 model sold at Duke's Auctioneers in Dorchester.

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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

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.


A 1903 Ford Model A open tourer with a €55,000-70,000 estimate and no reserve to be offered at Bonhams on June 23.

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.