17 June 2000,
Price realised USD 28,200
USD 20,000 - USD 30,000
1909 FRANKLIN MODEL G RUNABOUT
Chassis No. 7553G
Black and red with red leather interior
Engine: air-cooled, four cylinders in line, sidevalve, 2300cc, 18hp; Gearbox: manual three-speed, shaft-drive to rear axle; Suspension: full elliptic leaf springs front and rear. Right hand drive.
From its inception in 1902, the Franklin automobile's success was based on innovation and quality, notably in its unique adherence to air cooled engines throughout its history and its use of technically advanced light alloys in the construction of cylinder heads, blocks and pistons. Other distinctive characteristics were its timber chassis frame and the supple ride imparted by full elliptic road springs. The Model G of 1909 had the smallest displacement engine in the Franklin range, but there was power enough to handle quite elaborate bodies and, with light confections such as this Runabout to carry, its performance was sparkling.
The example on offer here is believed to have been part of the prestigious Harrah Collection until 1985 when it was sold to Mr. Millett. An older restoration that has mellowed slightly, this Franklin is in presentable overall condition. The black canvas top appears to be in good condition, however there is a slight tear. The Franklin is complete with wood artillery wheels, white tires, acetelyne Solar headlamps and sidelamps. We understand that the car took part on the 19th Annual Franklin Trek in 1972. We further understand that the Franklin has been kept in storage for some time, however, it is reported that it will be in running order prior to the sale. The Franklin is eligible for all Horseless Carriage events, as well numerous Veteran Motor Car Club events.
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