Pick of the Day: 1931 Franklin Model 153 sedan

The Franklin wears a traditional radiator shell despite its engine being air-cooled
The Franklin wears a traditional radiator shell despite its engine being air-cooled

See the radiator shell on the front of this Franklin sedan? It’s a fake – there is no radiator. The Franklin Automobile Co. exclusively built air-cooled vehicles, and before the early 1920s, you could tell by the front bodywork that there was no radiator up there.

Ah, but the pressure to conform became too great, and the Syracuse, New York, automaker started outfitting its cars to look like everybody else’s, with a typical radiator shell even though there was no radiator. Continue reading

AACA, CCCA to share historic national meet at Auburn, Indiana

'Triple Crown' event will be joint meet of CCCA and AACA this spring in Auburn, Indiana | Auctions America image
‘Triple Crown’ event will be joint meet of CCCA and AACA this spring in Auburn, Indiana | Auctions America image

An historic event is scheduled to take place May 11-13 when the Antique Automobile Club of America and the Classic Car Club of America plan to stage their first joint national meet. The “Triple Crown” Meet is to be held in conjunction with Auctions America’s annual Auburn Spring weekend at the Auburn Auction Park in northeastern Indiana. Continue reading

CCCA finally expands criteria for Full Classic candidates

This 1916 Pierce-Arrow could become a Full Classic under new rules | Arizona Concours d’Elegance
This 1916 Pierce-Arrow could become a Full Classic under new rules | Arizona Concours d’Elegance

The Classic Car Club of America is a great organization and has accepted dozens of marques of distinction into their ranks as Full Classics, including Duesenbergs, Maybachs, Stutzes and Mercers. Not every high-end vintage car makes the designation of Full Classic, and now the CCCA has changed a major part of its criteria to bring more of them into the fold. Continue reading