1911 EMF 30 Racer

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1911
  • Chassis number 
    42286
  • Lot number 
    517
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

1911 EMF Model 30 Tourer
Registration no. SV 9012
Chassis no. 42286

Edwardian cars of this quality and size are infrequently offered for sale and this EMF is one of only a tiny handful of its kind believed to be in the UK. It is understood that the EMF Register in the USA lists only ten survivors, some of which are not yet restored.

Established in 1908, EMF took its name from its founders' initials - 'E' being Detroit coachbuilder Barney Everitt, 'M' being William Metzger, lately sales manager of Cadilac, and 'F' being Walter Flanders, at one time Henry Ford's production manager. The Northern and Wayne companies were acquired together with their plants and equipment, and EMF production commenced in the second half of 1908 with Wayne designer William E Kelly as chief engineer. EMF chose not to contest the low-price market with Henry Ford, opting instead for a well-finished medium-priced car. The latter was a 30hp four with three-speed sliding-gear rear transaxle built on a sturdy pressed-steel chassis frame. Splits in the partnership and litigation with wagon builder turned automobile manufacturer Studebaker, which had concluded a distribution agreement with EMF, eventually led to a Studebaker take-over in 1910. This resulted in the formation of the Studebaker Corporation, and from then onwards all EMFs were badged as Studebakers.

This lovely example was restored in its entirety by its previous owner circa 2012. The restoration involved re-trimming the interior in leather and installing a new hood and fittings. Rushmore 'searchlight' headlamps, correct E&T sidelights, and an electric starter are noteworthy features. The car was purchased by the current vendor in 2014 but has only been used for one rally since then. Finished in blue with black leather interior, this imposing American touring car is offered with sundry bills and a V5C Registration Certificate. A sound and usable 'Edwardian' with plenty of power, ideal for long distance VCC events with the family.