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Reportedly Too Advanced for Detroit, One-Off Thomas Rocket Car to Return Home After Restoration

Posted July 02, 2018 10:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: concept car history restoration

Charles Thomas had a gift for envisioning automobile trends decades before they happened. He also had a penchant for returning to his native Western New York to build out his advanced automotive ideas, the first of which – the Thomas Rocket Car – is currently undergoing restoration prior to its donation to the town of Batavia, New York.

The Thomas Rocket Car embodied Thomas’s vision of a car of the future not so much from a design standpoint but from an engineering perspective. Far from the super-out-there rear-engine streamliners many of his contemporaries pushed, Thomas’s car took a more incremental approach by combining technologies that had already been proven or proposed elsewhere with largely off-the-shelf parts.

A student thesis inspires a radical car that was ahead of its time.

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