1905 Franklin Runabout

Summary

The Franklin Automobile Company of Syracuse, New York, manufactured luxury cars from 1902 until 1934. Franklins were inventive machines. This 1905 runabout is distinguished by its air-cooled engine which eliminated the need for a radiator. The engine is mounted transversely under the hood so that each of the four cylinders is cooled equally as the car travels.

The Franklin Automobile Company of Syracuse, New York, manufactured luxury cars from 1902 until 1934. Franklins were inventive machines. This 1905 runabout is distinguished by its air-cooled engine which eliminated the need for a radiator. The engine is mounted transversely under the hood so that each of the four cylinders is cooled equally as the car travels.

Artifact

Automobile

Date Made

1905

Creators

H. H. Franklin Manufacturing Company 

Place of Creation

United States, New York, Syracuse 

Creator Notes

Made by the H. H. Franklin Manufacturing Company, which later became Franklin Automobile Company, in Syracuse, New York.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

60.61.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Mrs. Joseph W. Wilshire III.

Material

Steel (Alloy)
Wood (Plant material)
Metal
Leather
Rubber (Material)
Brass (Alloy)

Color

Red
Black (Color)
Gold (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 67.125 in

Width: 59.375 in

Length: 124.5 in

Wheelbase: 80.75 in

Inscriptions

marked on 2 brass lamps at front: ATWOOD MFG. CO. / AMESBURY, MASS. on 3 step plates: FRANKLIN on lamp at rear: SOLAR / NO. 605. on plate, right side of body: FRANKLIN / NO. A1020 / H.H. FRANKLIN MFG. CO. / SYRACUSE, N.Y. U.S.A.

Specifications

Make & Model: 1905 Franklin Runabout

Maker: H.H. Franklin Manufacturing Company, Syracuse, New York

Engine: Inline-4, overhead valves, 108 cubic inches

Transmission: 2-speed manual

Height: 67 inches

Wheelbase: 82 inches

Width: 59 inches

Overall length: 125 inches

Weight: 1050 pounds

Horsepower: 12

Pounds per horsepower: 87.5

Price: $1,500

Average 1905 wage: $510 per year

Time you'd work to buy this car: about 2 years 11-1/2 months

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