1929 Franklin Model 130 46hp Sedan  Chassis no. 30-183440L11 Engine no. 30-131523

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Lot 671
1929 Franklin Model 130 46hp Sedan
Chassis no. 30-183440L11 Engine no. 30-131523

£ 5,000 - 6,000
US$ 6,700 - 8,000
1929 Franklin Model 130 46hp Sedan
Chassis no. 30-183440L11
Engine no. 30-131523

Footnotes

  • America’s longest-lived and most successful air-cooled automobile, the Franklin was the work of engineer John Wilkinson, whose innovative design, produced in prototype form for the New York Automobile Company, was taken up by Syracuse-based die-casting manufacturer Herbert H Franklin. Franklin’s company sold its first car - a runabout - in June 1902 and a dozen more before the year’s end. In an age when the customary power unit for such a vehicle was a water-cooled single, Wilkinson’s 1.7-litre, air-cooled ‘four’ was highly unusual. The Franklin’s other advanced features included overhead valves (inlets mechanically operated from 1905), throttle speed control, float-type carburettor, two-speed planetary transmission and full-elliptic springing. The engine was mounted transversely in the wooden chassis at first, before moving to the conventional up-front position in 1905, fan cooling being introduced at the same time on most models. Truly innovative, Franklin was among the first to adopt six-cylinder engines (1905), automatic ignition advance (1907), sedan coachwork (1913), aluminium pistons (1915) and electric carburettor priming (1921).
    Powered by a 3.9-litre, seven-bearing ‘six’, the Franklin offered here dates from 1929, the first year of the steel chassis and hydraulic brakes, and has the dummy radiator grille first adopted in 1925 in response to pressure from the dealer network, which demanded a more conventional-looking product. The car was taken off the road in 1956, remaining untouched for many years, but has recently had its engine rebuilt by a marque specialist. A new fuel tank, fabric top, running-board rubbers and full exhaust system have been fitted also. This rare Vintage sedan is presented in sound original condition, although in need of further cosmetic restoration. Sold strictly as viewed, the vehicle comes with C&E Form 386 confirming duties paid.
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