Friday, January 18, 2013
"Never Would Have Been a Ford"
1910 Grand Touring Model G
"Coming from fire-ravaged, quake shattered San Francisco, they wheeled their way to New York in a six-cylinder stock Franklin car in 15 days, two hours and 12 minutes, for the road distance of 4,100 clocked miles. Carrying two teams of drivers, the big car went over 8,000-foot grades, plowed through trackless desert, traveled 30 miles on railroad ties, and suffered 66 hours of delay, not deducted from the total elapsed time for the transcontinental trek.
The pieces of material on the trunk (below) show examples of the material used to line the trunk.
(Continuing) "It had been doubted before the Winton run (the 1903 San Francisco to New York run completed in 63 days) if any car would ever make such a trip.
"Such was the stamina of the machine that after completing the transcontinental run in 1906 it turned around for a record run to Chicago. Operated for 500 miles without any fan, the car nevertheless clipped nearly two hours off the previous record for the 1,000 miles. The Franklin made it in 56 hours."
(Continuing) "So Franklin showed the way, with the first four-cylinder air-cooled car, the first six-cylinder engine in 1905, the first to use drive-through springs, and in 1907 the first to adopt automatic spark advance.
The interesting thing about the trunk is that the suitcases that fit so nicely had been made for this auto.