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1930 Franklin

This photo was taken in late November 1930. The chassis/fender line is for the new 1931 Franklin series 15 deluxe model 153. Location is 5th Avenue in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, just before the car was driven south to be placed in the Hotel Commo-dore for the Automobile Salon held there between Nov. 30 and Dec. 5. Body was by Derham, and the price was $5,800. Two more with this body were built after the Salon show car, one of which survives to the present. John Adams Davis photo, courtesy of prewar Walt.

3 responses to “1930 Franklin

  1. Posted for D Finch, I know where the “lost one” is located, although it is in very rough condition, it could certainly be saved. I’m currently trying to find out if my friend that owns it, along with a bunch of other rare cars and bikes is still alive. Unfortunately, I heard recently he had a massive heart attack and may not recover.

  2. Dear David,

    I found the article about this special-bodied Franklin very interesting. Is D Finch the person whose friend owns the “lost one”? Is there any way to contact D Finch, his friend, or anyone else who might have knowledge about this unique Franklin automobile — the “lost one”?

    Thanks for your help.


    Ron Hunt

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