- The Pursuit was produced for only a short time during the Depression and only a few exist today.
- It features an aluminum air-cooled engine similar to Franklin aircraft engines.
- Its distinctive styling features beautiful contrasting paint colors and horizontal louvers.
- Franklins were popular with aviators and owners included Charles Lindberg, Glenn Curtiss and Amelia Earhart.
“A car of brilliant beauty powered by an airplane-type engine,” proclaimed Franklin brochures. Introduced in 1930, the Franklin Pursuit model had an aluminum air-cooled engine, similar to Franklin aircraft engines installed in Waco biplanes. Franklin ownership seems to have held a fascination for many aviators, and Charles Lindbergh, Glenn Curtiss and Amelia Earhart were numbered among Franklin’s customers.
The Walker body on this car exhibits distinctive styling made graphically outstanding by the use of contrasting colors. Interesting style innovations such as the belled horizontal louvers and low hung doors show design elements of keen originality. The rear seat is quite claustrophobic. While the dual cowl keeps wind off the passengers, it severely closes in the overall space. The Pursuit model was produced for a short time and there are only a few remaining today.