Franklin Audio

Listen to a fun song written for and about the Franklin car. Click here to jump to the song page.

Not a member and wondering what the "Trek" is all about? Listen below to an NPR radio report done during the 2006 Trek.


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Make a Tax Deductible Donation to The H. H. Franklin Club.


Franklin Forum

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Check out the Franklin Forum hosted on the AACA website.

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2021

Events

Board Meetings
February 6
April 24
During the Trek Week
November 6


Franklin Westrek
Rescheduled from June dates,
Now September 12th to September 17th.

Click for info.
Bend OR.


3rd Tuesday of each month
Lehigh Valley Franklinites
Allentown, PA


Click here for more event info.


Franklin Factoid

New Fan Saves Power

An entirely new design of cooling fan has resulted in increasing the horsepower of the 1931 Franklin to 100 on the brake - five horsepower more than the Series 14 engine. The new fan is entirely different from that ever used on any automobile. In fan language it is "backward bent"; that is, the blades are curved backward instead of forward with relation to the direction of rotation of the fan. At the same time, there are only 35 blades instead of the 55 used on the Series 14. This improvement in efficiency is due to the fact that the backward bent blades, together with the conical arrangement of the blades themselves, enable a fan with fewer blades to "bite" into and deliver a far greater quantity of air than the former type of fans used.

This new fan absorbs but 4.5 horsepower at 3000 R.P.M. or only 47 percent as much as the fan and water pump on a Standard Packard Eight. At 3500 R.P.M or 70 M.P.H., it absorbs 7.0 H.P., while the Series 14 fan absorbed 14.5 H.P.

From "A Handbook for Franklin Dealers and Salesmen" 1931.




Welcome to The H. H. Franklin Club, Inc.


The H. H. Franklin Club, Inc. is a non-profit membership organization devoted to the preservation and exploration of the H. H. Franklin Manufacturing Company history and its effects on the history of the automobile.

The H.H. Franklin Manufacturing Company of Syracuse, NY 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.

Become a Member

Bouv's Car Join TODAY and enjoy the many benefits of belonging to our club. Tour with other Franklins at the Trek, the Westrek, the two Midwest Regional meets each year, and other club sponsored meets. The H.H. Franklin Club offers a variety of resources to repair, restore, and/or maintain your Franklin. Enjoy the comraderie of our members who all appreciate the Franklin marque and will share that enthusiasm with you. As a 501(c)3 educational club the H.H. Franklin club has a variety of technical and historical resources available for club members and the public. Club members receive the award winning club magazine 'The Air Cooled News' three times a year, the club newsletter 'The Franklin Service Station' four times a year, and the Franklin Registry of all members and Franklin cars around the world. As a member you will also receive access to our Members Only section on the web which includes:

So join us and help preserve the heritage of these fine cars and the historic air-cooled technology pioneered by the H.H. Franklin Company.


What's New on the Web and News

Do you have news or information (or corrections) for your Franklin Club website?
Click here to send mail to the webmaster at "Webmaster@Franklincar.org"


What's New on September 8?

We sadly note the passing of Monte Colucci of Paulden, Arizona on September 2.

Updated on August 26.

Sundberg


We sadly note the passing of Eugene "Gene" Sundberg on Saturday, August 21. Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, September 4. For more information, go to the News page, or click here.







Help a new Franklin Club member find a 1932-34 Airman. Go to the For Sale/Cars Wanted page or click here for more information.


We also sadly note the passing of Curtis C. Ackerman Jr., of Burlington Flats, NY who passed away Friday July 23 in Cooperstown, NY. For more information, go to the News page, or click here.

Updated on August 15.

For Franklin history buffs, just added is a Franklin Company dealers handbook from 1931. This 150+ page pamphlet has a focus on the Series 15 cars but it contains lots of Franklin company history and engineering information. Go to the About page, or click here.

Updated on August 10.

Pictures are now available to browse on the 'Pictures' pages for the 2021 Trek at Cazenovia College. Go to the Pictures page, or click here.

Updated on August 4.

1927


For Sale: 1926 Franklin Series 11A Sport Touring. Go to the For Sale page, or click here.






Updated on July 25.

Help a member in Norway find a Dash Clock and Horn Button for his 1929 Franklin 130 Coupe. Go to the For Sale/Parts Wanted page, or click here.

Updated on July 19.

Pictures are now available to browse on the 'Pictures' pages for the Midwest Region's Spring meet and the Air Cooled Meet at Hickory Corners. Go to the Pictures page, or click here.




Welcome New Club Members


Greg Walthour
King William, VA
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John Fundukian
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI
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Douglas and Kim Gaker
Oregonia, OH
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George and Sherry Randall
Phoenix , AZ
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Nicolas John and Claire Suzanne Stow
Cranleigh, Surrey, UK
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Tom and Renee Fritz
Elk River, MN
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Timothy J Edwards II
Lake Worth , FL
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Tony Androsuk
Dryden, MI
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Allen Miller
Macon, Georgia
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Franklin Vintage

Franklin Vintage
Franklin Vintage — An elegant photo book with text by Sinclair Powell. Buy the book.





Banner image: From the Franklin Company Drawings.