For Sale: 1931 Franklin 153 in Kentwood, Michigan


Vehicle Description

The Franklin Automobile was produced in America from 1902 - 1934 in Syracuse, New York. In 32 years of existence roughly 150,000 cars were produced. The car was very unique as it is air cooled. As times changed and the race to the automotive top, Franklin added a "dummy" radiator up front to make it look like every other car that was being produced. The Franklin was a "luxury" car and was the choice of many for long road trips do the ease of the throttle.

The company started seeing financial problems in 1927 and prices started to drop and so did profit returns. The crash in 1929 and the Great Depression severely damaged the company. In 1931 the company built the Model 153 and it was to be the body that housed the air cooled v12 engine. The hard economic times and lack of sales never allowed for this.

Tired of going to a car show and parking next a car similar to yours? This one is sure to eliminate that and put a smile on your face. The 1931 model 153 4 door is not something you see every day. The car features a steel frame, many early Franklin's featured a wooden frame. It features an air-cooled 6 cylinder(believed to be 274 CID capable of 100 horsepower) mated to 3 speed manual transmission. The car weighs 4,850 lbs. Only 2,800 cars were produced in 1931, making this beauty fairly rare. According to the owner, the car was sold new in Maine and restored by a Franklin Car Club member in the 1990's and then made its way to Michigan. The colors are believed to be correct. The car runs great and handles as it should. The car rides on wooden spoked wheels with metal hubcaps. The car has a rear mounted spare with tire cover. Inside the car is in immaculate condition complete with rear window shade. The car comes with a car cover.

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Gr Auto Gallery, LLC and our sister company, Wheelz Sales and Leasing Inc. makes every effort to represent each vehicle accurately and with integrity. We also welcome third party inspections when necessary. Although we try to do our very best to be accurate in our description writing we are human and do make mistakes. Unless otherwise noted, All vehicles are sold AS IS, No Warranty Expressed or Implied. All sales final.

Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-999542
  • Price:$34,900
  • Location:Kentwood, Michigan
  • Year:1931
  • Make:Franklin
  • Model:153
  • Exterior Color:Green
  • Interior Color:Tan
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:15329
  • Stock Number:B1721
  • VIN:53206251L32