Franklin Sedan, 1925

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This Model 10-C four-door Franklin sedan was manufactured by the H. H. Franklin Company of Syracuse, New York in 1925. Originally in the machine die business, Herbert H. Franklin formed the H.H. Franklin Manufacturing Co. in Syracuse in 1893. The company entered the car business in 1902 when John Wilkinson designed Franklin's first motor car. The Franklin Co. was, at the time, the only American firm that successfully marketed an air-cooled-engine automobile. The company sold about 150,000 cars over the course of its more than 30 years in existence. Henry W. Mathis of Washington, D.C. this Franklin sedan to the museum in 1962. Mathis was the proprietor of the Southeast Cycle Shop, located at 638 Pennsylvania Ave., S.E. When he made his donation, he wrote, “I hope that this Franklin will well serve history as just one link in the chain of evolution of the automobile.”
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United States: District of Columbia, Washington
United States: New York
overall: 75 in x 70 in x 164 in; 190.5 cm x 177.8 cm x 416.56 cm
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Gift of Mr. Henry W. Mathis
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National Museum of American History


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