A hill climber of merit - The Correja

The Correja Model R two passenger roaster

With the help of blog reader, Tim Martin, we've identified this most interesting runabout as a Correja. In 1911, Correja offered four body styles total: the model A three passenger runabout, the model R two passenger roadster, the model S five passenger toy tonneau, and the model T four passenger touring car. This car wears a 1914 MA license plate and appears to be a model R, two passenger roadster (6 cylinder, 60hp - equipped with compressed air starter, electric lights, gas headlamps and generator, horn, and tools - all for $1950.00).

The Correja was manufactured by Vandewater & Co., Ltd. of Elizabeth, NJ between 1908 and 1915. Edwin & Frank C. Vandewater started business in Rahway, NJ, building the Eagle car around 1906. By July, 1910 the company is listed as being incorporated (as Vandewater & Co., Ltd.) to build internal combustion engines, steam engines, and automobiles. J. Correra of Iselin, NJ, as well as F.C. Vandewater , E. Vandewater, and S.R. Vandewater are all listed as directors. The Correja and Vandewater families go back aways in the the history of Iselin, NJ and to this day, there are a number of landmarks bearing these family names.

The company took great pride in it's racing accomplishments (specifically it's hill climb victories) including:
- 1910 Brighton Beach Races - 2nd place in the 10 mile pursuit race
- 1910 Port Jefferson Long Island Hill Climb - 1st place (cars selling for $1201 to $1600)
- 1911 Brighton Beach Races - 1st place (five miles non-stock)

The Cycle and Automobile Trade Journal, January 1st, 1912


  1. Great photo and information on the Correja and Vandewater & Co. I am related to the Vandewater family mentioned with Frank Carmen and Edwin Vandewater being my g-grand uncles.
    I was hoping you wouldn't mind if I take a copy of your information for my family tree.

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  3. Jim - Thanks for your comment. You are more than welcome to copy this information for your family tree. If you come across any family photos of their early automotive exploits, I'd be very pleased to post them.

    All the best, Steve (vintagemotoring@gmail.com)

  4. An unusual name for a car. In an interesting coincidence, Californian registration lists for 1919 show that an Emma A. Correja of Riverside owned a Correja car - I wonder if she was related to the Correja who probably provided the financial backing for the Vandewaters?

  5. Emma was the wife of car designer John Correja. He was a well known architect in New York and a partner in Van de Water and Co Ltd. They used to spend winters in Riverside and eventually moved there as Johns health declined. They sent the car over by train. Their land is now Riverside Community College. Their home became the Alumni house. Who knows where the car went.

    Ironically I am a vintage car buff and discovered my connection. I am a relative of F. Van de Water. Stephen Van de Water was his nephew and my grandfather on my mothers side. He left her at the age of 6. Any information on him is appreciated.