British Motorcycles

Erlich Motor Co

Erlich Motor Company of Park Royal, London
  • EMC were motorcycles produced from 1939 to 1953 and from 1983 to 1990. The company was owned by Dr. Josef Erlich, an Austrian from Vienna
  • 1939 Having arrived in the UK in 1937, Joe Erlich was, by now, testing a machine that was fitted with his 240cc twin-piston, split single, two-stroke engine.
  • 1947 After World War II he built a 345cc machine with Dowty Oleomatic front forks and a rigid frame.
  • 1951 Erlich built a road racing model fitted with a 125cc Austrian Puch engine.
  • 1952 A model was built with a 125cc JAP two-stroke. This was exhibited at Earls Court.
  • 1953 The company was wound up and Erlich moved on to new fields, but remained involved with racing for many years.
  • 1982 After a long gap, Erlich became involved with the Waddon Engineering project and soon had the machine on form.
  • 1983 The machine became an EMC, with Rotax tandem-twin, two-stroke engine unit. It won the Junior 250cc TT that year.
  • 1984 and 1987. Both years saw further TT successes.
  • The make gradually slipped from favour as Honda and Yamaha motorcycles moved ahead.
Sources: Graces Guide

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