1926 FRANKLIN VICTORIA, MODEL 11A
The Franklin motor car was invented/designed by engineer John Wilkinson, manufactured by industrialist Herbert H. Franklin and marketed under his name.
This automobile was one of the most innovative motor cars of its time, featuring an air-cooled engine which the company believed was simpler and more reliable than water-cooled. The Franklin had “scientific light weight” and flexible construction, the manufacturer considered light weight to be critical in making well-performing cars, given the limited power of the engine then available. This, at a time when other luxury cars manufacturers were making “ponderous machines”. Although it was a luxury car, its unique features made the Franklin a pleasant and easy car to operate and, consequently, most Franklins were owner-driven.
H. H. Franklin Manufacturing Company was based in Syracuse, New York. In 1926, the average automobile manufacturer produced six or seven models – Franklin had 12 and, yet, that year they made a total of 7,606 vehicles.
The body on this car was built by the Cunningham Company of Rochester, New York, a company probably best known for building funeral cars. While doing that type of work, Cunningham also built complete Cunningham automobiles through 1931 and built custom bodies to order on other chassis. Cunningham coachwork on a Franklin chassis is very unusual and this is likely the only one built.
The Victoria had a 119” wheelbase, 25.3 horsepower, pyroxylin paint, Stromberg carburetor, a 15 gallon gasoline tank and 5 quart oil tank, weighed 3125 pounds and sold for $2,790.