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Franklin car books cover the history and restoration of Franklin automobiles.

The H H Franklin Manufacturing Company was a maker of automobiles in the United States between 1902 and 1934 in Syracuse, New York.


The Franklin Story

The Franklin Story by Thomas Hubbard (2006) is a compilation of dozens of articles and newsletters written and published in the middle and late twentieth century by Thomas Hill Hubbard (1925-1993), easily the most skilled of the Franklin restorers and certainly one of the most enthusiastic Franklin collectors. Hubbard restored many classic Franklins now on display in his expansive museum in Tucson, but also for the late William Harrah - some of them still on display in the National Automobile Museum in Reno.


The Franklin Car: How It Influenced My Life Starting In 1915 by James Watson (1978)


Practical Car Restoration: A Guidebook With Lessons From A 1930 Franklin Rebuild

Practical Car Restoration: A Guidebook With Lessons From A 1930 Franklin Rebuild by Charles Wilmarth (2006). Through the restoration of a 1930 Franklin, it details the step-by-step process of reclaiming an old jewel. It also addresses such issues as how much garage space you need, how long restoration takes, whether you should farm out some of the work, what kind of car you should get, where you can find it, and whether you should stay married. The author uses his 1930 Franklin as an example of restoring a vehicle that is roadworthy in today's traffic yet as original as possible, a car that is practical to enjoy without the expense of a car show standout.

Franklin Car Advertisements

Franklin Automotive Advertisement (1907). Shows 4 Franklin cars with prices and information.

Franklin Automobile Lithograph (1926). Very Good colour lithograph of a 1926 Franklin Sedan with a sales letter printed on the reverse of the single sheet. Includes the envelope it was mailed in, thus the lithograph is folded to fit the envelope.

An Analysis Of Franklin Motor Car Company (1912). Franklin Automobile Company. Illustrated throughout with drawings and schematics. An incredible and early piece.

Franklin Car Manuals

Instructions For Series 10 Franklin Cars 1928

The Franklin Car: Describing Types, Principles Of Construction, Performance And Mechanical Details 1918 Sales prospectus, illustrations and specifications of open and enclosed cars with ten pages of images (2 or 3 views to a page). Features the Touring Car, Runabout, Four-Passenger Roadster, Cabriolet, Sedan, Broughm, Town Car and Limousine. Also 11 text drawings of the major components of the automobiles.

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