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The Franklin Collection

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View the first cars in The Franklin Automobile Collection at Hickory Corners.

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View a video of The Franklin Automobile Collection at Hickory Corners.

Check out some other museums that feature Franklin automobiles.

Tuscon Museum

The Franklin Auto Museumâ„¢, maintained by the Thomas H. Hubbard/H.H. Franklin Foundation, is located in Tucson Arizona. Click here to visit the Museum web site.

Norwich Museum

The Northeast Classic Car Museum in Norwich, NY has over 160 classic and vintage vehicles on display. Exhibits include the Fabulous Franklins, Cars Made in New York State, the Post-War collection and more Click here to visit the Museum web site.

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Where else can you see Franklins? Click here to see where in the world more Franklins are being exhibited.

The Franklin Automobile Collection

The Franklin Automobile Collection is the permanent home of The H. H. Franklin Club's collection of automobiles, display engines, and artifacts that span the four-decade history of the H.H. Franklin Company. The Syracuse, NY firm built America's most successful air-cooled automobile, with its first innovative air-cooled motorcar in 1902 and continued production until 1934. Of the 150,000 Franklins built between 1902 and 1934, it's estimated that about 3,700 have survived.


Eleven of the Collection's cars have been donated by Bob and Patricia Kern of Waukesha, WI. In addition to the Kern cars, the collection has been given a fully restored 1932 Franklin V-12, four-door sedan from Mrs. Beth Marshall of St Louis, MO, in memory of her husband, the late Alex Marshall, a long time Franklin enthusiast and collector.


Other cars in the collection include a Franklin Model A runabout, the first four-cylinder car built in America. A similar Franklin made the trip from San Francisco to New York City in 1904, cutting in half the cross-country record set the previous year. Also featured are Franklin's answer to luxury sedans built by Packard, Pierce and Cadillac, like the 1932 Model 17 sedan, the one and only American car powered by a 12-cylinder air-cooled engine. And, there's a 1928 sedan that closely resembles the Franklins in which "Cannonball" Baker set so many "jazz era" cross-country and hill climb records.

The Collection building is a faithful replica of a Los Angeles dealership once owned by Ralph Hamlin, the former bicycle racer who became Franklin's west coast distributor and the firm's largest and most successful dealer.


Visit The Franklin Automobile Collection at the Gilmore Car Museum.

The Latest Permanent Addition to the Collection

1910 Franklin

1910 Model H Touring. Click here for more information

The Latest Loan Addition to the Collection

1933 Franklin

Dan and Anne Russell’s 1933 Olympic Coupe is now on loan to the collection.