<i>Ex-EMF factory racer, 3rd place Tiedeman Trophy at the 1911 Savannah GP</i><br /><b>1911 EMF 30 Racer   </b><br />Chassis no. 37361 <br />Engine no. 37361

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Ex-EMF factory racer, 3rd place Tiedeman Trophy at the 1911 Savannah GP
1911 EMF "30" TWO-SEAT RACER

Sold for US$ 242,000 inc. premium
Ex-EMF factory racer, 3rd place Tiedeman Trophy at the 1911 Savannah GP
1911 EMF "30" TWO-SEAT RACER
Chassis no. 37361
Engine no. 37361

4-Cylinder Side Valve Engine
Twin Spark Magneto Ignition
Single Updraft Carburetor
3-Speed Sliding Gear Transaxle
Live Axles Semi and Full Elliptic Springs, Hartford Shock Absorbers
2-Wheel Mechanical Brakes

*A genuine, fully documented and verified pre-WWI factory racing car
*Third place in Tiedeman Trophy at the 1911 Savannah GP
*Highly usable car eligible for countless events
*Great for vintage racing and brass era touring
*Long-term ownership never before offered on the market


THE EMF "30" RACER

The early days of motor racing prior to 1914 hold a particular fascination today. The stripped down brutish racing machines are held in mythic status, representing the pure embodiment of man and machine and showing the bravery and character of the men who piloted them. Unfortunately today few genuine machines of this important period survive. The few that have are usually part of major Museum collections and rarely see any time on the track. We are therefore pleased to present here a true, documented pre-World War I factory racing car for auction.

Built in the heart of American motor land, Detroit, Michigan, the EMF was named after the three founders of the company: Barney Everitt, William Metzger and Walter Flanders – the initials of their last names combining to EMF. All were experienced in the motor industry; Everitt as a coachbuilder, Metzger as a salesman at Cadillac and Flanders, the production manager with Henry Ford.

The first EMF appeared in 1908, at about the same time that the Ford Model T made its debut. The two manufacturers were clearly aiming for the same market, although EMF was perhaps slightly up-market from Ford. The first EMF car was a 30hp – as were all subsequent models – and drove through a three-speed, sliding gear transmission in the rear axle. Production of this model peaked at 15,300 units in 1910 but a major fall-out between the three partners saw this independent marque absorbed into Studebaker in 1912, all later models being marketed under that banner.

By 1911 the brand had gained some market share and was looking for ways to tout its products. Motor racing had proved an excellent sales tool. After all, there was no better way to show your car's speed, reliability and even sexiness than to take it racing. Up until this point, however, most of American racing was the domain of huge, specially-produced behemoth racers. These powerful racers shared little with the production cars they represented. EMF did not see the benefit of this sort of racing for their product but a new series of stock car type racing was emerging.

The new races that featured production-based racers were dubbed 'light car races' due to the reduced capacities compared with the typical giant-displacement racers of the period. This racing would be competitive, as it would put manufacturers against one another in machines that related more closely to what was available at the dealership. This was the beginning of stock car racing in America, a format that would dominate American racing.

In 1911 the most prestigious event for this class of car was the Tiedeman Trophy Race held in Savannah. Savannah in 1911 was the largest motorsports event in the country, hosting the Vanderbilt Cup, The American Grand Prix and the Tiedeman Trophy. An impressive field of the world's finest drivers and cars were attracted to the event. More than 500,000 spectators came to see this premier international motorsports event.

For the 1911 Tiedeman Trophy, EMF prepared a team of three factory "30" Racers, which were all built on a chassis that EMF bragged as being pulled "right off the production floor". Chassis numbers 37859, 37430 and 37361 were selected for the team of racers to be entered. The cars were carefully prepared and equipped with the minimal bodywork of a racer for that time period: a pair of bucket seats, large-capacity fuel tank and supplemental engine oil tank was all the bodywork needed. As this was a two-man race, each driver would have a riding mechanic. The mechanic's duties were maintaining the hand-pumped fuel pressure, supplying fresh oil to the crankcase, changing the inevitable puncture and any unexpected repairs.

The EMF racers were equipped with additional instrumentation, two spares, a radiator stone guard, tall axle ratios and fuel and oil hand pumps. The EMFs were handsomely finished in a dark blue racing livery with French grey numbers.

The careful preparation paid off for EMF, and the race at Savannah was a huge success. The three entered cars finished in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. They nearly broke the world record for their class, missing by only a few minutes. Best of all, the cars all finished having suffered no reliability issues. This was the type of performance the company was hoping for – a perfect showcase of the performance and reliability of the EMF motorcar.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Factory racer number 33 offered here is the only surviving EMF factory-racing car and is believed to be the only surviving car from the Tiedeman Trophy. It was bought as a restoration project by the current owner in upstate NY in the late 1970s. At the time of discovery, 37361 was not recognized to be a racer, as the marque was not well-known for motorsports. Among the many boxes of parts, however, was a photo of the number 33 Savannah racer. Re-examining the unusual bodywork the owner began to think this could be that car.

At that point the mechanical restoration began, and the owner started to research his new acquisition. A break came at the AACA swap meet at Hershey Pennsylvania. An EMF enthusiast handed the owner a small original publication, in which the small history of the EMF Company was published in period. A section documenting EMF's racing success at the Tiedeman Trophy in Savannah was present, and to the owner's surprise, EMF had published the serial numbers of all three racers that participated, 37367 driven by Jack Tower being confirmed. This article, along with the clear visibility of the EMF's original data plate and engine stampings, made very little room to dispute the authenticity of the car.

A lengthy restoration was undertaken to bring the car back to its 1911 Savannah racing glory. The first restoration was completed in the 1980s and the car began an active life on the vintage racing circuit. A frequent competitor in hill climbs like Mt. Equinox and Mt, Washington (it has made the ascent 14 times!), the EMF was also raced at the Milwaukee Mile, New Hampshire International Speedway and Lime Rock Park. The EMF was also invited to participate in the Savannah GP re-enactment; the only original participant present among the impressive field of vintage racers.

After more than a decade of vintage racing the EMF was treated to a new restoration – this time with two decades worth of research in hand. The smallest details had been researched, even details like the striping of the transaxle being faithfully reproduced, returning the racer to its totally authentic 1911 configuration.

During the restoration the engine was rebuilt. New high compression ARIAS pistons and a fresh twin spark ignition were fitted. Breathing through a free flow racing exhaust the engine now makes noticeably more power than the stock engine. With its Hartford shocks, wrapped springs, transaxle and low weight the EMF is a nimble handling machine.

In the mid-2000s the freshly restored EMF made the rounds, attending prestigious Concours such as the Pebble Beach Concours D'Elegance.

Offered today in fine cosmetic and mechanical condition, this EMF is an appealing combination of a true vintage racer and a fun brass tourer. Equally at home on the racetrack as it is on an HCCA brass tour, this machine offers much of the fun and character of a Stutz Bearcat or Mercer Raceabout but with genuine period racing history. This special piece of American racing history is highly recommended.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that this vehicle is titled as make " STU" and model EMF.
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<i>Ex-EMF factory racer, 3rd place Tiedeman Trophy at the 1911 Savannah GP</i><br /><b>1911 EMF 30 Racer   </b><br />Chassis no. 37361 <br />Engine no. 37361
<i>Ex-EMF factory racer, 3rd place Tiedeman Trophy at the 1911 Savannah GP</i><br /><b>1911 EMF 30 Racer   </b><br />Chassis no. 37361 <br />Engine no. 37361
<i>Ex-EMF factory racer, 3rd place Tiedeman Trophy at the 1911 Savannah GP</i><br /><b>1911 EMF 30 Racer   </b><br />Chassis no. 37361 <br />Engine no. 37361
<i>Ex-EMF factory racer, 3rd place Tiedeman Trophy at the 1911 Savannah GP</i><br /><b>1911 EMF 30 Racer   </b><br />Chassis no. 37361 <br />Engine no. 37361
<i>Ex-EMF factory racer, 3rd place Tiedeman Trophy at the 1911 Savannah GP</i><br /><b>1911 EMF 30 Racer   </b><br />Chassis no. 37361 <br />Engine no. 37361
<i>Ex-EMF factory racer, 3rd place Tiedeman Trophy at the 1911 Savannah GP</i><br /><b>1911 EMF 30 Racer   </b><br />Chassis no. 37361 <br />Engine no. 37361
<i>Ex-EMF factory racer, 3rd place Tiedeman Trophy at the 1911 Savannah GP</i><br /><b>1911 EMF 30 Racer   </b><br />Chassis no. 37361 <br />Engine no. 37361
<i>Ex-EMF factory racer, 3rd place Tiedeman Trophy at the 1911 Savannah GP</i><br /><b>1911 EMF 30 Racer   </b><br />Chassis no. 37361 <br />Engine no. 37361
<i>Ex-EMF factory racer, 3rd place Tiedeman Trophy at the 1911 Savannah GP</i><br /><b>1911 EMF 30 Racer   </b><br />Chassis no. 37361 <br />Engine no. 37361
<i>Ex-EMF factory racer, 3rd place Tiedeman Trophy at the 1911 Savannah GP</i><br /><b>1911 EMF 30 Racer   </b><br />Chassis no. 37361 <br />Engine no. 37361
<i>Ex-EMF factory racer, 3rd place Tiedeman Trophy at the 1911 Savannah GP</i><br /><b>1911 EMF 30 Racer   </b><br />Chassis no. 37361 <br />Engine no. 37361
<i>Ex-EMF factory racer, 3rd place Tiedeman Trophy at the 1911 Savannah GP</i><br /><b>1911 EMF 30 Racer   </b><br />Chassis no. 37361 <br />Engine no. 37361
<i>Ex-EMF factory racer, 3rd place Tiedeman Trophy at the 1911 Savannah GP</i><br /><b>1911 EMF 30 Racer   </b><br />Chassis no. 37361 <br />Engine no. 37361
<i>Ex-EMF factory racer, 3rd place Tiedeman Trophy at the 1911 Savannah GP</i><br /><b>1911 EMF 30 Racer   </b><br />Chassis no. 37361 <br />Engine no. 37361
<i>Ex-EMF factory racer, 3rd place Tiedeman Trophy at the 1911 Savannah GP</i><br /><b>1911 EMF 30 Racer   </b><br />Chassis no. 37361 <br />Engine no. 37361
<i>Ex-EMF factory racer, 3rd place Tiedeman Trophy at the 1911 Savannah GP</i><br /><b>1911 EMF 30 Racer   </b><br />Chassis no. 37361 <br />Engine no. 37361
<i>Ex-EMF factory racer, 3rd place Tiedeman Trophy at the 1911 Savannah GP</i><br /><b>1911 EMF 30 Racer   </b><br />Chassis no. 37361 <br />Engine no. 37361
<i>Ex-EMF factory racer, 3rd place Tiedeman Trophy at the 1911 Savannah GP</i><br /><b>1911 EMF 30 Racer   </b><br />Chassis no. 37361 <br />Engine no. 37361
<i>Ex-EMF factory racer, 3rd place Tiedeman Trophy at the 1911 Savannah GP</i><br /><b>1911 EMF 30 Racer   </b><br />Chassis no. 37361 <br />Engine no. 37361
<i>Ex-EMF factory racer, 3rd place Tiedeman Trophy at the 1911 Savannah GP</i><br /><b>1911 EMF 30 Racer   </b><br />Chassis no. 37361 <br />Engine no. 37361
<i>Ex-EMF factory racer, 3rd place Tiedeman Trophy at the 1911 Savannah GP</i><br /><b>1911 EMF 30 Racer   </b><br />Chassis no. 37361 <br />Engine no. 37361
<i>Ex-EMF factory racer, 3rd place Tiedeman Trophy at the 1911 Savannah GP</i><br /><b>1911 EMF 30 Racer   </b><br />Chassis no. 37361 <br />Engine no. 37361
<i>Ex-EMF factory racer, 3rd place Tiedeman Trophy at the 1911 Savannah GP</i><br /><b>1911 EMF 30 Racer   </b><br />Chassis no. 37361 <br />Engine no. 37361
<i>Ex-EMF factory racer, 3rd place Tiedeman Trophy at the 1911 Savannah GP</i><br /><b>1911 EMF 30 Racer   </b><br />Chassis no. 37361 <br />Engine no. 37361
<i>Ex-EMF factory racer, 3rd place Tiedeman Trophy at the 1911 Savannah GP</i><br /><b>1911 EMF 30 Racer   </b><br />Chassis no. 37361 <br />Engine no. 37361
<i>Ex-EMF factory racer, 3rd place Tiedeman Trophy at the 1911 Savannah GP</i><br /><b>1911 EMF 30 Racer   </b><br />Chassis no. 37361 <br />Engine no. 37361
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