1930 Franklin Series 147

The Franklin Automobile Company of Syracuse, New York was founded by Herbert H. Franklin and produced automobiles from 1920 to 1934. They are most remembered for its air-cooled engines which the company considered more reliable and simpler than water cooling. Most Franks had wooden frames; beginning in 1928, the heavier more luxurious bodied cars began using a conventional pressed-steel platform. Another memorable feature of the Franklins was its extensive use of lightweight aluminum, and during its early years, was believed to be the larger use of aluminum in the world.

The 1930 Franklin Models included a 6-cylinder Model 145 resting on a 125-inch wheelbase platform. The Model 147, also powered by an 87-horsepower six-cylinder engine, had a larger 132-inch wheelbase and offered in 13 different standard factory body styles. The 125- and 132-inch platform were carried over from the prior year, although the 1929 Model 130's 120-inch platform was a one-year online offering. Prices for 1930 increased slightly, already among the higher-priced vehicles in the industry, with prices that ranged from $2,600 to over $7,500. In comparison, the sixteen-cylinder Cadillac had prices that ranged from $5,300 to $9,700, and the Ford Model A listed for $433 to $655. The Packard 733, with its 134.5-inch wheelbase and eight-cylinder, 110 horsepower engine, sold for $2,400 to $2,800. The LaSalle Model 340 and Cord L-29 had similar price figures.

The Great Depression was responsible for the demise of many automobile manufacturers, including Franklin which suffered a financial collapse in April 1934. A mere 6,043 Franklin vehicles were produced in 1930, down from 14,432 the previous year.


by Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2020
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1930 Franklin Series 147 vehicle information

Pirate Touring

Following the sudden death of Franklin chief stylist J. Frank deCausse in 1928, Raymond Dietrich was hired to continue Franklin's tradition of innovative features and add industry leading style to Franklin's image. The Pirate body style accomplished ....[continue reading]

1930 Franklin Series 147 vehicle information

Speedster
Coachwork: Dietrich

The Franklin Automobile Company has its roots in the H.H. Franklin Manufacturing Company of Syracuse, NY. It was founded by Herbert H. Franklin in 1893 to manufacture die cast parts including small gears and bearing caps, the first such manufacture i....[continue reading]

1930 Franklin Series 147 vehicle information

Speedster
Coachwork: Dietrich

One of two designs commissioned from the Detroit-based shops of coachbuilder Raymond Dietrich, the Speedster sedan was conceived to add a little spice to Franklin's conservative lineup. The other was the Pirate, and both were distinguished by a low r....[continue reading]

1930 Franklin Series 147 vehicle information

Speedster
Coachwork: Dietrich

Franklin automobiles were produced in Syracuse, New York, from 1902 through 1934 with total production of about 150,000. Franklins are particularly noted for the use of air-cooled engines in all vehicles produced and 'scientific lightweight' engineer....[continue reading]

Pirate Touring
 
Speedster by Dietrich
 
Speedster by Dietrich
 
Speedster by Dietrich
 




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1930 Franklin Series 147
$7,500-$19,000
1930 Franklin Series 147 Price Range: $2,600 - $7,500

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Franklin
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
1925Ford (1,669,847)Chevrolet (306,479)Dodge (201,000)8,595

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