<b>1912 Franklin Model G Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 12837G<br />Engine no. 14446

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1912 Franklin Model G Touring

Sold for US$ 25,300 inc. premium
1912 Franklin Model G Touring
Chassis no. 12837G
Engine no. 14446

201 cu in OHV air-cooled 4-cylinder engine, carburetor, 25 hp
Three-speed manual transmission
Elliptical leaf spring suspension
2-wheel mechanical brakes
100-inch wheelbase
Right-hand drive

*In running condition
*Formerly in the Helen Swigart collection
*Offered with its windshield frame, top bows and engine starting crank
*Historic Preservation of Original Features certified by the Antique Automobile Club of America in 2012


THE FRANKLIN MODEL G TOURING

By the turn of the 20th century, 34-year-old Herbert Franklin had already been a printer's apprentice, a newspaper editor, a bicycle salesman, a real estate agent and a pioneer in commercial die casting, but he hadn't undergone his last career metamorphosis just yet. In 1900, Franklin met a recent Cornell University engineering graduate named John Wilkinson who shared his passion for bicycle racing and had recently completed an intriguing pair of prototype automobiles. A ride in one of Wilkinson's cars convinced Franklin to invest $1,100, enough to finance the construction of a third prototype that would become the first car built by the newly-formed Franklin Automobile Company of Syracuse, New York. Offered for sale in 1902, the car also had the distinction of being the first four-cylinder car produced in the United States.

Throughout the company's 32-year existence, Wilkinson's cars were characterized by an emphasis on function over form. They eschewed frivolity in favor of sound engineering, simplicity, and low maintenance. Wilkinson's air-cooled engines eliminated the need for a radiator, which meant that they were also missing a crucial styling signifier when most were identifiable by their distinctive radiator designs. By contrast, the Franklins featured a barrel-style hood to cover the engine and define the car's appearance from the front.

Offered from 1906 through 1913, the Franklin Type G was built in a variety of body styles, all of which rode on an 88-inch wheelbase that was lengthened incrementally through its production run. By 1911, the wheelbase measured 100 inches on Model Gs like this 12837G, a Tourer from the penultimate year of Type G production. The Type G was offered with an air-cooled overhead valve four-cylinder engine producing 25 hp from 201 cubic inches.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This 1912 Franklin Model G Touring, chassis number 12837G, was part of the estate of Helen Swigart, and as such was subject to litigation between her heirs and those of her husband, William Swigart. 12837G was among some 65 cars from the Swigart collection auctioned at Hershey, Pennsylvania in 2007. At the time, the car carried a 1917 Pennsylvania license plate, presumed to indicate its most recent registration.

At some time during its long storage, the car had been coated in oil as a preservative against rust, which was noted at the left-rear fender and the splash aprons nonetheless. The entire car was said to be sticky from the oil, though the substance had apparently done its job in preserving the machine during its 90-year hibernation.

Since its sale in 2007, the car has been tidied up considerably, and its missing lower seat cushions have been reconstructed. 12837G remains unrestored, however, and it received its certification of Historic Preservation of Original Features from the Antique Automobile Club of America in 2012. More recently, 12837G was awarded with first place in the OR1 HPOF class for Original cars at the AACA meet in Lakeland, Florida.

12837G's engine is in running condition, with new wiring, and the car's three-speed manual gearbox shifts well. This car's body is in good condition, though its splash aprons and three of its four fenders show some rust. The car's black paintwork is in poor condition, and its brass brightwork is showing its age. Its passenger-side headlight glass is missing, and its windshield has a large crack that caused it to be removed from the vehicle, though it is included here along with the bows to support the missing top.

On the centennial of its production, this 1912 Franklin Model G remains a compelling vehicle, one whose long tenure as part of the Swigart collection as well as its considerable originality make it an excellent candidate for a full restoration or continued preservation.
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<b>1912 Franklin Model G Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 12837G<br />Engine no. 14446
<b>1912 Franklin Model G Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 12837G<br />Engine no. 14446
<b>1912 Franklin Model G Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 12837G<br />Engine no. 14446
<b>1912 Franklin Model G Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 12837G<br />Engine no. 14446
<b>1912 Franklin Model G Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 12837G<br />Engine no. 14446
<b>1912 Franklin Model G Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 12837G<br />Engine no. 14446
<b>1912 Franklin Model G Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 12837G<br />Engine no. 14446
<b>1912 Franklin Model G Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 12837G<br />Engine no. 14446
<b>1912 Franklin Model G Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 12837G<br />Engine no. 14446
<b>1912 Franklin Model G Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 12837G<br />Engine no. 14446
<b>1912 Franklin Model G Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 12837G<br />Engine no. 14446
<b>1912 Franklin Model G Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 12837G<br />Engine no. 14446
<b>1912 Franklin Model G Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 12837G<br />Engine no. 14446
<b>1912 Franklin Model G Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 12837G<br />Engine no. 14446
<b>1912 Franklin Model G Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 12837G<br />Engine no. 14446
<b>1912 Franklin Model G Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 12837G<br />Engine no. 14446
<b>1912 Franklin Model G Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 12837G<br />Engine no. 14446
<b>1912 Franklin Model G Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 12837G<br />Engine no. 14446
<b>1912 Franklin Model G Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 12837G<br />Engine no. 14446
<b>1912 Franklin Model G Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 12837G<br />Engine no. 14446
<b>1912 Franklin Model G Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 12837G<br />Engine no. 14446
<b>1912 Franklin Model G Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 12837G<br />Engine no. 14446
<b>1912 Franklin Model G Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 12837G<br />Engine no. 14446
<b>1912 Franklin Model G Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 12837G<br />Engine no. 14446
<b>1912 Franklin Model G Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 12837G<br />Engine no. 14446
<b>1912 Franklin Model G Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 12837G<br />Engine no. 14446
<b>1912 Franklin Model G Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 12837G<br />Engine no. 14446
<b>1912 Franklin Model G Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 12837G<br />Engine no. 14446
<b>1912 Franklin Model G Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 12837G<br />Engine no. 14446
<b>1912 Franklin Model G Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 12837G<br />Engine no. 14446
<b>1912 Franklin Model G Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 12837G<br />Engine no. 14446
<b>1912 Franklin Model G Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 12837G<br />Engine no. 14446
<b>1912 Franklin Model G Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 12837G<br />Engine no. 14446
<b>1912 Franklin Model G Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 12837G<br />Engine no. 14446
<b>1912 Franklin Model G Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 12837G<br />Engine no. 14446
<b>1912 Franklin Model G Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 12837G<br />Engine no. 14446
<b>1912 Franklin Model G Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 12837G<br />Engine no. 14446
<b>1912 Franklin Model G Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 12837G<br />Engine no. 14446
<b>1912 Franklin Model G Touring</b><br />Chassis no. 12837G<br />Engine no. 14446
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