1928 Franklin 11B 5-Passenger Sedan
Chassis no. 168238-11
Engine no. E116340
Air-cooled Franklin motor cars were produced in Syracuse by The H. H. Franklin Manufacturing Company from 1902 to 1934. Franklins used more aluminum in their vehicles than any other domestic maker. The engine block, transmission, and rear end were made from cast aluminum. Single cylinders were cast iron and bolted to the block. A three-ply ash frame carried the drive train along with an aluminum body over an ash framework. Franklins from 1904 until 1927 utilized a service brake on the transmission which slowed the drive shaft when applied. There was also a hand brake that activated rear wheel brakes.
The Series 11 Franklin was the first Franklin model to be styled by an outside designer. Previously, Franklin motor cars were styled by factory engineers. Franklins were long known for their progressive engineering, scientific light weight, responsive handling, and dependability, but had not previously been known for their design.
The Series 11 cars were the first low profile, sleek Franklins. The styling represented a radical change from previous designs. Gone was the tilting "Wilkinson Hood", replaced by a false radiator front and traditional center-hinged hood. With the "Roaring Twenties" in full bloom the public now demanded style and de Causse delivered.
The Series 11 Franklin was the first air-cooled Franklin to utilize a false radiator shutter front. The cars had similar engines to earlier models, however, copper fins were used on the cylinders in place of steel, which provided upgraded cooling, higher compression, and more power -- up from 25 to 32 horsepower. These lightweight cars sat on a 119" wheelbase and used modern balloon tires. This Series is recognized as a Full Classic by the Classic Car Club of America.
A largely sound and straight car, this Series 11 Franklin saw some light restoration work decades ago. The paint was clearly redone and the engine compartment freshened up. The interior was removed and was unfortunately not located at the time of cataloging by the Bonhams staff. Most of the nickel work has been covered over in silver paint.
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