Hershey | Lot 106
1923 Franklin Series 10-A 5-Passenger Touring
$11,550 USD | Sold
| Hershey, Pennsylvania
6 October 2011
25 bhp, air-cooled inline six-cylinder engine, Franklin single-barrel carburetor, electric choke, electric starter, three-speed manual transmission, solid front and semi-floating rear axle with full-elliptic leaf springs, and rear mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 115"
- Advanced engineering
- Nicely presented restoration
Highly regarded for comfort, durability and technical innovation, Franklin was established in 1901 by John Wilkinson, a Cornell-educated engineer. Up until its 1934 demise, Franklin gained fame as America’s longest-running producer of air-cooled automobiles. In keeping with its pioneering character, Franklin was also an early champion of the use of lightweight aluminum.
This Series 10-A 5-passenger touring from 1923 was a large and powerful luxury car when new, and it remains so today. Among its technical advancements providing remarkable ease of operation are an electric starter, an electric choke and a dash-mounted manifold-heater switch, as well as dash-mounted spark control. In addition, the speedometer, odometer, trip odometer and timepiece are thoughtfully integrated into one unit.
This example has traveled about 70,000 actual miles according to its current Ohio and prior Florida titles. It appears to be very solid and continues to benefit from an older restoration. Black vinyl upholstery and a black folding cloth top nicely complement the authentic Royal Blue exterior finish. A selection of tools and extra parts, as well as an original owner’s manual and some club bulletins and service records from the previous owner, are included with the car. Equipped with excellent tires, this Model 10-A is reported by the owner to start easily with the brakes and clutch performing properly, making it a pleasure to drive. Paperwork accompanying the car indicates that prior owners included Gary Lawing of Tampa, Florida and the Edward Deso Collection of South Glens Falls, New York.