|Genre||Sedans, touring cars, limousines, coupes, speedsters|
|Founded||1904, first car produced|
|Founder||Herbert H. Franklin (1866-1956)|
|Headquarters||Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York, United States|
|John Wilkinson, chief engineer|
|Owner||Herbert H. Franklin|
Number of employees
|3,210 in 1920|
|Parent||H. H. Franklin Manufacturing Company - (1893-1934)|
The First Franklin
Change in oiling system
Doman's list of firsts
Gallery of selected models
Syracuse auto industry
Franklin automobile school
- The first race was the Winton trip from San Francisco to New York on a $50 bet by Dr. Horatio Nelson Jackson, of Burlington, Vermont, and his driver, Sewell K. Crocker. They made it in 63 days.
- John Wilkinson raced against Barney Oldfield in 1902, winning the state 5 miles (8.0 km) championship in the record time of 6:54:06.
- In 1903, Franklin was a participant in the third annual hill climbing contest on the Eagle Rock Hill in West Orange, New Jersey, which was held by the Automobile Club of New Jersey on Thanksgiving Day. There were 36 entries in the competition. A 1,700 pound Franklin with 10-horsepower came in tenth place in event number two.
- By 1904, a Franklin four-cylinder stock car set a record in a transcontinental run  in 32 days, 23 hours and 20 minutes. "The triumph of the light air-cooled engine car sent demand for Franklins zooming."
- In 1905, Franklin was the first to market with a six-cylinder engine, which helped the car to halve its old coast to coast record the following year.
- Demonstrating reliability, L. L. Whitman drove a Franklin from fire-ravaged, quake shattered San Francisco to New York City in August 1906, in 15 days 2 hours 12 minutes, for the road distance of 4,100 miles (6,600 km) clocked and a new record. Whitman was a well-known transcontinentalist who already held the San Francisco to New York record of 33 days. The trip began on August 2, 1906, at 6:00 pm. The men in charge were C. S. Carris, M. S. Bates, James Daley, C. B. Harris and S. L. Whitman and the car he was driving was a Franklin six-cylinder, a regular stock machine fitted up as a runabout." In order that there would be no delay in case of a breakdown, Franklin had shipped all necessary parts of an automobile to cities along the route including; Reno, Omaha,Ogden, Utah and Cheyenne, Wyoming. These parts consisted of the axle, four wheels, and all of the necessary machinery to repair any part of the auto. "They will be held until the machine arrives there and in case they are not needed there will be shipped from Ogden to Cheyenne and from that city to Omaha. The men in charge of the auto do not intend to stop at all between San Francisco and New York except in case of an accident. They will sleep and eat on the machine and the auto will be kept in motion at all times.""Carrying two teams of drivers, the big car went over 8,000 feet (2,400 m) grades, plowed through trackless desert, traveled 30 miles (48 km) on railroad ties, and suffered 66 hours of delay, not deducted from the total elapsed time for the transcontinental trek."
- In 1907, a four-cylinder Franklin established a speed record from Chicago to New York when it made the trip in 39 hours and 53 minutes.
- During June 1909, a 1910 Franklin won the one-gallon fuel economy contest held by the Buffalo Automobile Club. The car broke all economy contest records on a course that was 16.5 miles (26.6 km) in length with a roundtrip total a 33 miles (53 km) from the club headquarters in Williamsville, New York and "straight out Main Street" in Buffalo. The driver was S. G. Averell in a 1910 model G Franklin weighing a total of 2,498 pounds (1,133 kg) went 46.1 miles (74.2 km) on the allotted one gallon of gasoline. Averall broke the record held by himself with a 1909 Franklin Model G made in New York two months previous. All the cars in the contest except the Franklin were water-cooled.
- In 1911, a Franklin Model D placed second in the Desert Races trek from Los Angeles, California, to Phoenix, Arizona, driven by Ralph Hamlin. The car had an air-cooled 302 cubic-inch, six-cylinder, 38-horsepower engine mounted on a 123-inch (3,100 mm) wheelbase chassis.
- One of the final tests of speed and durability took place in 1929 when E. G. "Cannonball" Baker driving a Franklin, raced and beat New York Central's crack 20th Century Limited passenger train on its run from New York to Chicago.
- H. H. Franklin
- John Wilkinson
- Frank A. Barton
- G. H. Stilwell
- E. H. Dunn
World War I
- 1918 - 16.5 acres (67,000 m2)
- 1919 - 23.4 acres (95,000 m2)
- 1920 - 34.5 acres (140,000 m2) (planned and under construction)
Economy and quality
Garage and service station
Test engine in air
Lower prices again
V12 engine design
- 1902 - 13 units - 6th in the nation
- 1903 - 184 units
- 1904 - 712 units
- 1905 - 1,098 units - 5th in the nation
- 1906 - 1,283 units - 9th in the nation
- 1907 - 1,059 units - 7th in the nation
- 1908 - 1,895 units - 8th in the nation
- 1916 - 3,836 units
- 1919 - 9,177 units
- 1920 - 10,100 units
- 1921 - 8,545 units
- 1927 - 8,000 units
- 1929 - 14,000 units - Output was pushed up 5,000 above normal. The dealers handled the usual 9,000 and the extra 5,000 were stored in warehouses.
- 1930 - 6,043 units and Franklin reported an operating loss of $4,200,000.
- 1931 - 1,100 units
- 1932 - 1,898 units
- 1933 - 1,330 units and had an operating loss of $819,000.
- 1926 Franklin Sedan