Sign in to follow this  
Tom Laferriere

1930 Franklin Body builder?

Recommended Posts

Is there builder's plate under the carpet in front of the driver's seat? What is the serial number? The suffix will tell the body style or the builder if it is a custom.

Gordon Howard

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've seen pictures of this car before. It appears to be a 1926-27 Franklin Tandem Sport body on a 1930 chassis. Interesting combination. I wonder what the story on this one is.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm slightly familiar with this car as I have seen photos before. It is a Series 11 Tandem Sport body (1925-27) mounted to a 1930 Series 14 chassis.

The Tandem Sports were 'Production-Customs', designed by deCausse. I am not sure where the bodies were built. The body conversion, coupled with the Packard (1933?) instrument panel suggests a modern-era conversion, as do many non- Franklin items and features such as the bumpers, grill, rear valence(or lack thereof).

The Tandem Sports were striking sedans and the marriage to a late chassis should make for a fun driver, but this was not a factory job, or likely a period job.

Tom Rasmussen

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That is a very, very handsome car. It's body is a few years ahead of its time, as it looks perfectly natural on top of that 1930 chassis. If I had bought that car, and I wish I could have, I would eventually update the paint scheme as well, because the fiacre-motif outlined doors kind of ruins the effort of updating it. After having saved enough money, I would eventually paint the car all one color (definitely not red), and, of course, eliminate the Hollywood tires.

post-33613-143142250696_thumb.jpg

post-33613-143142250704_thumb.jpg

post-33613-14314225071_thumb.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I would eventually update the paint scheme as well, because the fiacre-motif outlined doors kind of ruins the effort of updating it. After having saved enough money, I would eventually paint the car all one color (definitely not red), and, of course, eliminate the Hollywood tires.

-1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
That is a very, very handsome car. It's body is a few years ahead of its time, as it looks perfectly natural on top of that 1930 chassis. If I had bought that car, and I wish I could have, I would eventually update the paint scheme as well, because the fiacre-motif outlined doors kind of ruins the effort of updating it. After having saved enough money, I would eventually paint the car all one color (definitely not red), and, of course, eliminate the Hollywood tires.

I saw this too whilst at Hershey, and I would have liked to purchase it as well. Very handsome car. Tom, if you find another..........

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Although it is attractive and may be a good driver, so is a street rod or custom car. If the AACA stuck by their rules for the car coral this car would not have been accepted in it. It's a custom car with a body from another year, a custom grille, custom interior with a Packard dash panel. different bumpers and tail light. Not at all different from a street rod, custom car or kit car. It is not an "AACA" or "Classic Car Club" classic car or a legal antique car.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Although it is attractive and may be a good driver, so is a street rod or custom car. If the AACA stuck by their rules for the car coral this car would not have been accepted in it. It's a custom car with a body from another year, a custom grille, custom interior with a Packard dash panel. different bumpers and tail light. Not at all different from a street rod, custom car or kit car. It is not an "AACA" or "Classic Car Club" classic car or a legal antique car.

But it is a Franklin and welcome at all HHFC events where it will be admired for what it is.

Edited by Franklin-Madman (see edit history)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
But it is a Franklin and welcome at all HHFC events where it will be admired for what it is.

You are absolutely, 100%, with out a doubt correct! We will not only welcome it to our events, we'll try to get the owner to give us a ride in it.

Bill

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this