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Franklin 11-B Sedan in Louwman Museum, The Hague, Netherlands
Franklin 11-B Sedan in Louwman Museum, The Hague, Netherlands

uploaded by: Mathias Zondervan

Description: Franklin 11-B Sedan, 1927 (USA)

Engine: 3.3-litre       Six-Cylinder       Power: 32 HP      

Louwman Collection

Before WW II, the American-built Franklin was the most successful air-cooled car. The cooling system of this 1927 11-B model works as follows: a bladed fan in the "radiator" forces the air up into a large tube situated above the cylinders. Aeroplane engines also used this technique, which is why the Franklin cars were so popular with aviation pioneers such as Orville Wright, Amelia Earhart and Colonel Charles Lindbergh, the latter owning no fewer that four models. In 1902 Herbert H. Franklin, together with engineer John Wilkinson, was one of the first to put a car with an air-cooled engine into serial production. Franklin was convinced that air-cooling was more reliable that water-cooling. He compensated for the rather underpowered engine by using lighter materials like wood and aluminium. In the early years the Franklins looked somewhat unorthodox but in 1925 the manufacturer, under pressure from the dealers, switched to a more conventional design by J. Frank DeCausse, which included a fake radiator acting as an air intake. This car is an example of this type.

Source of information: Louwman Museum, The Hague, Netherlands

Author (source) of image: Personal archive

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