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Lot 639: 1947 EMC 345cc MkI

Collectors' Motor Cars, Bonhams (10 September 2005)

Dr Josef Ehrlich, a gifted engineer who had arrived in Britain from his native Vienna in 1937, founded EMC - Ehrlich Motorcycle Company - in 1946. He was a devotee of the two-stroke engine, and the first EMC used a split-single engine of the type developed in the 1930s by Puch and DKW. Launched in 1947, the 345cc EMC roadster boasted a duplex-loop frame with forged bronze backbone (aluminium from 1948 onwards), Dowty Oleomatic telescopic front fork and four-speed Burman gearbox. Despite respectable speed, acceptable economy and competitive pricing, the EMC did not find favour with a conservatively inclined motorcycling public, yet remained catalogued until 1953 when the firm was wound up. Property of the late Derek Hookey, this EMC split-single was purchased in the early 1990s and restored by him circa 1999. The machine was re-registered and used occasionally at rallies, and since its owner’s passing has been kept in dry storage. Described by the private vendor as in generally good condition, the machine is offered with original logbook and Swansea V5.

Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Motor Cars
Bonhams, Beaulieu Autojumble, National Motor Museum, Hampshire
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number639
Estimate£1600-£2000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£2300
Hammer Price (inc premium)£2645
Year1947
Condition rating
Registration numberEUJ 84
Mileage-
Chassis number
Engine numberMkI/138/153
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors