1909 Franklin Model G Runabout  Chassis no. 7335G

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Lot 333
1909 Franklin Model G Runabout
Chassis no. 7335G

US$ 40,000 - 55,000
£ 29,000 - 41,000
Withdrawn
1909 Franklin Model G Runabout
Chassis no. 7335G
Herbert Henry Franklin, a Syracuse, New York, industrialist, became interested in a car designed by John Wilkinson, a Cornell-educated engineer. He decided to have his H.H. Franklin Company manufacture it. A man of strong principles, Wilkinson was obsessive about weight. Thus he dispensed with cooling water and made extensive use of aluminum in his engines. He also used the lightest suspension components possible, like tubular axles and flexible, full-elliptic springs. Aluminum-clad bodies and laminated ash chassis frames completed his weight-saving formula.

He also believed that beauty stemmed from functionality, not ornamentation, so during his tenure Franklins did not look like other cars. From 1904, a “barrel front” hood was adopted, with a simple screen at the front for entrance of cooling air. The Type G, introduced in 1906, was the smallest of Franklins, with a diminutive 143 cubic inch overhead valve engine. Its light weight, however, made it a sprightly performer.

An older restoration dating from the 1970s, this Type G Franklin Runabout, acquired at auction in 2000 from Virgil Millett, at which time it was stated that Mr. Millett had purchased the vehicle from the Harrah collection in the mid-1980s. The car has aged gracefully, and while showing some wear it remains extremely presentable. The body is painted red and the seats are upholstered in matching red leather. The front of the dashboard, fenders and barrel hood are gloss black and solid-white tires are fitted, the whole ensemble making a nice combination. Brightwork is confined to brass lamps, head, side and rear. The car has participated in Franklin Treks, the regular outings of the H.H. Franklin Club. Although stored for some periods of time it runs and drives well. One of 377 Model G cars built in 1909, of which few survive, it is an excellent example of an early Franklin and ideal for Horseless Carriage Club and Brass and Gas tours.

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1909 Franklin Model G Runabout  Chassis no. 7335G
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