An early proponent of air cooling, Franklin built what were arguably the most cutting-edge cars in the early days of motoring. Popular with aviators such as Charles Lindbergh and featuring wooden frames, they were light, fast, and reliable. This 1922 Franklin Runabout is the purest distillation of the Franklin marque. Little more than an engine and enough support systems to carry two passengers, it''s amazing with light weight will do for the power-to-weight ratio, even in a car rated at about 50 horsepower. Finished in the same bright Chrome Yellow that made the Stutz Bearcat and Kissel Gold Bug Speedster so distinctive, and the workmanship of the speedster conversion is quite good. Up front the traditional Franklin horseshoe grille has been painted to match, even though as an air cooled car, it needs no radiator, and the stock fenders offer contrasting black trim to emphasize their curves. A Stutz-style monocle windshield is a vital part of the speedster look, as are the twin black leather buckets and the rear-mounted gas tank, all of which have been finished in that dazzling yellow paint. All the extra gear is gone-if it added weight, it was jettisoned, which means no headlights, no doors, not even a trunk to get in the way of wide-open fun in this air-cooled rod. As for the interior, well, there''s not much to it and that''s entirely the point. Climb up to the twin buckets and you''ll find pleated leather that''s very 20s in appearance, and nicely finished wood floors, which was also typical of 1920s construction techniques. You definitely sit up high, and you just have to admire theguys who would run cars like this flat-out on race tracks with neither seat belts nor modern safety gear beyond a leather helmet and some goggles. Original Franklin gauges were repurposes and installed in the center of the wooden firewall, which is a beautifully finished piece of oak. Workmanship is impressive, and you can tell that whoever built this car cared about finish quality. Given the car''s very modest curb weight, the 200 cubic inch inline-six delivers genuinely impressive acceleration, and if you have the courage, it''ll hustle through the twisties in a way you wouldn''t imagine possible. The big aluminum shroud funnels air over the individually-finned cylinder jugs, fed by a massive fan at the front of the crankshaft. The engine offers modern overhead valves with exposed valve gear, so watching the Franklin idle is an education in engine design. The original exhaust manifold looks like a header and dumps into a roaring single exhaust. The original vacuum tank still delivers fuel, making this a reliable old car you can drive without worries. Braking is on the rear wheels only, so plan your stops accordingly. Massive 5.50-20 BFGoodrich Silvertown tires are mounted on original wood artillery wheels for a period-perfect look. No, it''s not original, but it does deliver old-school high-performance thrills at a truly bargain price. One ride and you''ll be convinced. Call today! This vehicle is located in our Atlanta showroom. For more information, please call (678) 279-1609 or toll free (877) 367-1835.