Friday, January 06, 2017

1910 Franklin D Race Car, LA to Phoenix (Desert Classic) 1910 race car driven by Ralph Hamlin, (west coast distributor of Franklin) unrestored since then

the Desert Classic (also known as the Cactus Derby) was a race I covered a couple years ago and the winner was given a gold medal with a diamond, that pronounced him the Master Driver of The Universe

At Pebble Beach in 2012

The Gilmore remade a circa-1910 Los Angeles dealership for their Franklin exhibit, recreating a dealership once owned by Ralph Hamlin, the former bicycle racer who became Franklin’s West Coast distributor, and the firm’s largest and most successful dealer.

Of the 150,000 Franklins built between 1902 and 1934, it’s estimated that about 3,700 have survived. Those survivors in the museum include a 1909 Model D touring car, 1925 Franklin Series 11 Sport Runabout and 1930 Series 147 Pirate Touring, among the approximately 15 cars on display.

Perhaps the most impressive Franklins currently exhibited include a 1932 Franklin Supercharged Twelve Series 17 Touring Sedan and the unrestored 1911 Model D

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