1931 Franklin Series 15

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

1931 Vehicle Profiles

1931 Franklin Series 15 vehicle information

Sedan
Coachwork: Walker

The H.H. Franklin Automobile Company of Syracuse, NY, is well-known for building only air-cooled cars from 1902 until 1934. In addition to air-cooling they were also known for other automotive innovations like double elliptical springs, which allowed....[continue reading]

1931 Franklin Series 15 vehicle information

Deluxe Custom Roadster
Coachwork: Dietrich

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-dr....[continue reading]

1931 Franklin Series 15 vehicle information

Convertible Coupe

The Franklin, built in Syracuse, New York, was by far the most successful and popular air-cooled automobile built in America until it closed its doors in 1934. From its beginnings in 1902, the company had focused solely on air-cooling.....[continue reading]

1931 Franklin Series 15 vehicle information

Convertible Coupe

Chassis Num: 51207210L18

This Franklin Series 15 Convertible Coupe was purchased new by the president of South Boston Savings Bank, of Boston, Massachusetts. He drove it as his primary car until his unexpected passing in the mid-1950s. The car was then inherited by the banke....[continue reading]

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 horsep....[continue reading]

1931 Franklin Series 15 vehicle information

Sportsman Coupe
Coachwork: Derham

The H.H. Franklin Mfg. Co. of Syracuse, New York, was the most successful producer of air-cooled automobiles in the United States. The firm, which produced cars from 1902-1934, was founded by Herbert H. Franklin and John WIlkinson, an engineer, who d....[continue reading]

Sedan by Walker
 
Deluxe Custom Roadster by Dietrich
 
Convertible Coupe
 
Convertible Coupe
Chassis #: 51207210L18 
 
Sportsman Coupe by Derham
 




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Price Comparison

1931 Series 15
$3,345-$18,000
1931 Franklin Series 15 Price Range: $2,295 - $3,345

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Franklin
1936Ford (930,778)Chevrolet (918,278)Plymouth (520,025)
1935Ford (820,253)Chevrolet (548,215)Plymouth (350,884)
1934Ford (563,921)Chevrolet (551,191)Plymouth (321,171)360
1933Chevrolet (486,261)Ford (334,969)Plymouth (298,557)1,011
1932Chevrolet (313,404)Ford (210,824)Plymouth (186,106)1,905
1931Chevrolet (619,554)Ford (615,455)Buick (138,965)2,851
1930Ford (1,140,710)Chevrolet (640,980)Buick (181,743)6,043
1929Ford (1,507,132)Chevrolet (1,328,605)Buick (196,104)14,432
1928Chevrolet (1,193,212)Ford (607,592)Willys Knight (231,360)7,770
1927Chevrolet (1,001,820)Ford (367,213)Buick (255,160)8,103
1926Ford (1,669,847)Chevrolet (547,724)Buick (266,753)7,606

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