May 17, 2024

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Brass Era Cars Shine at Bonhams’ Two Generations Auction during the 2023 Audrain Veteran Car Tour weekend

For more than 100 years now, generations of gearheads have loved Brass Era cars.

That love affair with ancient cars continued during Bonhams’ April 30 Two Generations Auction in Middletown, R.I., where more than 30 Brass Era cars sold for a total of more than $4 million.

Another 333 lots of Brass Era parts, automobilia and automotive art, including a stellar array of brass headlights, sidelights and spotlights, sold for prices that often exceeded the pre-auction estimate.

Top sale of the day was a 1906 Thomas Flyer 50HP Seven Passenger Touring Car, which brought $841,000, including premiums.

A 1911 Palmer-Singer Model 4-50 Seven Passenger Touring Car brought $555,000, including premiums.

A 1903 Thomas Model 18 Single Cylinder 8HP Rear Entrance Tonneau brought $257,600.

All of the cars, parts and automobilia were from a father-and-son collection that was decades in the making.

The Bonhams Two Generations Auction was part of the second annual Audrain Veteran Car Tour weekend in Newport, R.I. 

For more details on the sale, visit A complete report on this auction will be in theJuly 2023 issue of Linkage.