The Franklin Automobile Company, based in Syracuse, was one of the many early automakers that succumbed to the Great Depression. Its cars were well built and well regarded -- and expensive -- so when the economy went downhill, sales fell off a cliff and Franklin could not remake itself quickly enough to survive.
This nicely restored 1926 Franklin Sedan is a classic example of Roaring Twenties motoring luxury. With far lower production than Ford''s ubiquitous Model T, it''s both unusual and quite rare. It''s even rarer to find one restored this carefully. Many of the structural members on this car, including the frame, are made of wood; most were eaten up by rot or termites.
The wood frame is in fantastic shape and has, of course, been fully refinished. Even the door jambs and frames are wood -- the hand-built coachwork has been carefully restored to factory-fresh condition. All of the door skins, hood, fenders and running boards have been nicely refinished; all bumpers, glass and chrome are excellent, as are the rare (and expensive) headlight lenses. Like many cars from the 1920s, this Franklin retains its original, and very attractive, wood spoke wheels. The interior has been reupholstered in period-correct materials, and I particularly like the exquisite hand-hammered door hardware. There''s even a footrest for the rear seat passengers
Franklin was a pioneer in air-cooled engine design; under the hood is the original air-cooled six cylinder engine. The engine starts and runs great, and all mechanical systems (electric starter, clutch, gearbox, steering and brakes) have been rebuilt and work just as they should. The car has been driven fewer than 200 miles since it was restored; it needs nothing and would make a worthy addition to any collection
For more information on this classic Franklin available at Motorcar Studio in Atlanta, give us a call at 404-692-5250.