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Is it my imagination, or are there fewer Franklins for sale now then there used to be? I watch the market fairly closely because I'm interested in buying another. So I search Ebay, this Forum, and do general searches. It seemed there were always five or six available on the club website, and one or two on Ebay.

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Is it my imagination, or are there fewer Franklins for sale now then there used to be? I watch the market fairly closely because I'm interested in buying another. So I search Ebay, this Forum, and do general searches. It seemed there were always five or six available on the club website, and one or two on Ebay.

I would agree, the market seems quiet.

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One reason fewer Franklins come available as they are bargain priced Full CCCA classics and after driving one collectors are keeping them. I had a good original 1930 Packard standard 8 sedan and drove it a few hundred miles .The sidedraft Franklin is far superior in comfort, ease of steering, braking, and road speed. A good running 1930-33 Franklin 6 run the wheels off the latter on the open road. Of coarse this is my opinion.

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One reason fewer Franklins come available as they are bargain priced Full CCCA classics and after driving one collectors are keeping them. I had a good original 1930 Packard standard 8 sedan and drove it a few hundred miles .The sidedraft Franklin is far superior in comfort, ease of steering, braking, and road speed. A good running 1930-33 Franklin 6 run the wheels off the latter on the open road. Of coarse this is my opinion.

After experiencing the Trek this summer, I can see why the loyal hang on to theirs. Packards seem to trade owners all the time, and there is a silliness in the CCCA about the marque. Maybe it's a good thing, then, that you almost cannot find a Franklin for sale.

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I agree. Haven't seen many touring cars come up for sale.

Last year I was looking for a 1929 135 sedan - wanted an older restoration but a good runner. Had a devil of a time, when in past years such cars were readily available.

There are several sedans currently for sale on the HHFC website, but they need finishing.

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There are several sedans currently for sale on the HHFC website, but they need finishing.
Do these 135 sedans seem good value? I would really like to get a 135 or 145 sedan, however Franklins are basically non-existent in Australia and would require importing one.
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I think the 135s for sale on the HHFC website are fairly priced, depending upon engine and body condition. There is room to finish the car at a reasonable price. However, I would personally inspect the car before purchasing, or at least have a Franklin-knowledgeable person do so for me.

I'm a little surprised these cars have not already been sold.

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