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    Summer in Castine,Maine, winter in Sarasota,Florida

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  1. Saxon has its own section here on the Forum. We also have a Saxon Registry. Contact me.
  2. Are you a member of the Saxon Registry? If not, you should be. We’re just getting it back off the ground. Contact me.
  3. The term doctors coupe, in modern use, is said to originate with the Model T. Back in the brass era, doctors made house calls, and the model T coupe was likely the cheapest, most practical way to visit patients in rural areas. Just enough space for a doctor and his bag. I think Ford may have used this concept in its advertising, the way Saxon did for selling it’s economical roadster to small businesses. I believe that the term doctors coupe, like the term business coupe, were marketing devices and commonly used. There are uses of the term doctors coupe that long precede Ford, however...it was a term used in carriage trade.
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    Houston Saxon?

    Anyone in driving distance of Houston willing to loan a Saxon roadster to the Houston Historic Society? They are celebrating the famous round-the- nation tour by Alice Burke and Nell Richardson in 1916, , stumping for suffrage. Please let me know.
  5. A five speed transmission is a real plus for these TDs. But I’ve never understood chrome wires on this model. The motto from Abington was to keep them cheap and cheerful. The stamped steel wheels, painted argent, look perfect.
  6. The quieter the better with air cooled engines. Like those years when I was riding my BMW R69S...you want to keep an ear open for valve noise. Quiet is good.
  7. Mike, do you know where that first photo was taken? It looks a lot like the old Franklin dealership ( still standing,but now used as offices) in Sarasota.
  8. I suggest you make a visit to the Gilmore Museum in Michigan to see the wonderful Franklin Collection there. Those are all very correct cars, and the visit will inspire even greater appreciation for a Franklins. There are two other major Franklin collections to visit: the Franklin Museum in Tucson, Arizona and the Northeast Car Museum in Norwich NY.
  9. You can find an article on Lamphere’s 31 sedan and its travels in the Feb. 2006 issue of Hemmings Classic Car. It’s available online.
  10. This is a well documented car. Lamphere was an active member of the club and used his Franklins in long drives around the country, Vermont to Tennessee to Alaska, He was an engineer and added a lot of gadgets to improve his car on long trips, all documented in articles in ACN. As I recall, he strengthened the roof, as well, to carry loads. Some of the early comments on his trips are in ACN 30, ACN 34 and ACN 25. He was a frequent commentator on technical issues, including Such topics as 12 volt conversions and fiber bushings on fans.
  11. Though we’ve all heard the story about Truman’s middle initial, Truman himself put a period after the S. His Presidential Library in Missouri puts a period after the S. It’s the Harry S. Truman Library, currently closed for renovation, though the research library is open.
  12. The 1967-69 deluxe bugs were the best. Good looking car at a very fair price.
  13. We learned this Sunday afternoon, Oct 27, that Walter Prichard of Corvallis, Oregon, died this past Monday at age 84. Walter was a true Saxoneer, who edited the Saxon Registry for decades. He was the “go to guy” for Saxon information, parts, cars and lore. His knowledge of Saxons is nearly irreplaceable. It was decided that I shall take his place as the Saxon Registry editor and registrar. My contact information is available on the saxonmotorcar.com website. Alex Huppe
  14. The saxonmotorcars.com website is back up and running after its summer hiatus. I am still working on one section, The Marketplace, since there have been some very positive trends in the past year. Demand for Saxons appears to strengthen, especially the four cylinder models. I also welcome photos of your Saxon. This is a photo of the replica of the “golden flyer”, the car Alice Burke and Nell Richardson drove 10,000 miles around our nation in 1916, stumping for suffrage. This summer my wife and I built this from parts we found in a Connecticut basement several years ago. It will be a featured exhibit at the Seal Cove Automobile Museum on Mt. Desert Island, Maine, from 2020 to 2022. The exhibit examines the automobile and women’s independence.