"Franklin 11B, 1927 (Airman)
Chassis No : 168675 - 11
Engine No : E 116783
Fully authentic and functional, matching numbers, superbly preserved example of air €“ cooled sought after 1927 Franklins “ especially in Europe.
Debuted in 1925, with aluminum body on a laminated ash-wood frame and handsome, right down to its vertical radiator grille fit by the factory for aesthetical reasons (due to its innovative air-cooled engine concept) and four-piece hood.
Efficient, innovative engineering withÂ 3,261 [cm3] straight-six (inherited from Series 9 cars) and strongly benefited from improved intake and exhaust manifolds and Stromberg OE-2 carburetors. It is rated at 35 hp, and its air-cooling is aided by a blower at the front, which forces air via ductwork downward over the cylinders' vertical cooling fins.
1927 was the last Franklin model year for mechanical brakes. This stops properly courtesy of a large circular band that clamps a drum behind the transmission, slowing the rear wheels through the differential. When you step on the pedal, that band is contracting right under the floor. You can hear it!€ť a Franklin big Collector and Enthusiast reveals.
Our vehicle is in cherished€ť condition and ready to prove that it is a 85 years old strong runner. Just lube the valves, start the vigorous 6 cylinder powerplant and feel its three-speed, â€śnon â€“ synchroâ€ť gearbox matched with a 4.72:1 rear end, which encourages you to double-clutch up to third quickly and leave it there.
Enjoy a delightful pre-war ride with a vehicle that easily combines vivid automotive history, rarity, efficient engineering and exceptional style for someone looking for a nice example of a sought after and hard to find Collector's item.
Our Franklin is ready to start off and go. Solid, totally original vehicleÂ with respect to the overall mechanical condition as well as the exterior body and originally fitted cosmetics from new (not from a restoration project).
It just needs to find the expert Collector who will be appealed by it, pay for it and invest on it. Like my father did in the 90's, when he bought it from the island of Syros, where it sat in a private garage of an old aristocratic house of the former (70's) Director of the Greek Chamber of Commerce. And he has not regretted it at all. I am sure that if he was not fed up with my daily complaints that all his vintage Americans cover the 99% of our available garage space....and If I was a little bit more familiarized with American Pre - War Oldtimers, the Franklin should not go for sale for any reason..."