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The 1931 Franklin Series 151 was available on either a 125-inch wheelbase or a larger 132-inch unit. The only engine available was a six-cylinder powerplant that produced 100 horsepower. There were twenty bodystyles available that ranged from coupes and roadsters to seven-passenger sedans and limousines.

Produced by the H.H. Franklin Automobile Company of Syracuse, New York, this luxury automobile manufacture offered air-cooled engines from 1902 through 1934 (with a total production of 151,266 automobiles). Franklins are known for their innovative engine and chassis designs features double elliptic springs that offer a ride unmatched by many cars even of today.

By Daniel Vaughan | Jun 2009
Sedan
Engine Num: 154860
 
'Highest horsepower per cubic inch! - Its a claim many would like to have made and Franklin could say it in 1930, and again in 1931 for an non-supercharged, American engine. This was the second year for Franklin's 'airplane-type' engine with 'side-draft' cooling and improvements due, primarily, to higher output through a camshaft change and a redesigned cooling fan which now consumed only 4.5 horsepower.
 
The Series 153 DeLuxe bodies were originally designed by Raymond Dietrich for the new V-12 line. With the V-12 redesign ordered by the new bank-appointed management, these designs were mounted on a 132-inch chassis with standard 6-cylinder 100 horsepower engine. A DeLuxe Roadster was never produced, but Franklin factory blueprints survived for the proposed body, perhaps intended by Dietrich for the V-12 line. Created by Franklin Club member Frank Gardner, the project consumed some eight years with the body having been custom made for Mr. Gardner in England from the Franklin blueprints.
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