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I talked to this gentleman two weeks ago. He is the one who had the block for sale listed as a series 11B block in North Carolina. Turns out is a 1929 block located outside of Buffalo, N.Y. (nothing fishy, he had unknowingly listed the engine with his son's address) Anyway, he bought the car 35+ years ago from the original owner. A gentleman had purchased the car for his son as a gift for graduating high school! He was a longtime club member who at some point over the years let his membership expire. He said he had it at the Trek 30 or 33 years ago. He said he restored Model As and such for many years but now is into muscle cars and just doesn't use the Franklin much anymore.

-Scott Arnold

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In the 1926 salesman's handbook for Franklins, a Cabriolet is referenced and an outline drawing of the coupe is shown with landau irons and what looks like a folding top. The Register of Franklins for 2015, Series 11A & B, the serial number listing with a suffix of number 13 indicates a cabriolet was built, but there is no suffix number for a convertible coupe. The ad simply has the wrong description for the car shown. 

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Converting a coupe to a conv. coupe has been done before on these cars.   There was one in Southern Ohio that was converted back in the 1960's.  It was a 1928 model 18B.  It was sold from the estate to someone in St Louis 15 year ago.      

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Replying to K8096, if the convertible you were referencing was a 28 it would be a 12A or 12B. An 18B would be a 33 Olympic. Also there are two series 11 convertible coupes shown in the large format Franklin book which has all original photos. One of them is pictured in Ralph Hamlin's show room in Los Angeles.

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