Sunday, October 26, 2014

The EMF model 30 Roadster of 1909 -1912

LOST GALLERY uncovers some photographs of rather rare items now and then.

Here is one of those. Flickr member Juantoo34 identified this is an E-M-F model 30 Roadster of 1909 -1912

The EMF company (the Everitt-Metzger-Flanders Company of Detroit, Michigan) was founded in 1908 by Barney Everitt, William Metzger and Walter Flanders. Each man had different automobile expertise to contribute.

Apparently the car had many mechanical problems and this may account for the scarcity of them today. Also, the three original founders apparently had serious disagreements and although production was healthy for a couple years, the company was absorbed by Studebaker.

The WIKI page has a more detailed accounting.

There are several photographs on the net of restored models today but very few old snapshots of them in actual use in the years following their production. The biggest (only) collection I found is on a site called EMF 30 and it is composed mostly of postcards and catalog photographs. This site also has a detailed history of the company and its founders.

The car was made under the EMF name for only about three years and then the company was absorbed by Studebaker.

There are more photographs of restored models at a site called Hemmings Daily


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  1. That's a terrific photo. The cool photo on the Hemmings link was taken in 1911 in Savannah, Georgia at a park that was only a short walk from my home when I lived there. I think it was one of the first dramatic sports photos of distorted motion. If I didn't already have a musical theme for my photo collection I think I would collect photos of vintage automobiles. Cheaper than restoring one and easier to keep in the garage.

    1. Thanks Mike Brubaker. It's a rather rare one. I noticed the elongated tires too. It really gives the impression of motion. A collection of photographs of cars would be much cheaper and easier to maintain than a collection of cars. You wouldn't have to check the tire pressure or oil level, ever!



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