Gorham resident enters restored Prohibition-period classic in regional automobile exhibit

Richard Pratt of Gorham readies his 1929 Franklin Product 130 for the Lions Club Basic

Richard Pratt of Gorham readies his 1929 Franklin Product 130 for the Lions Club Basic Car Exhibit Sunday. Robert Lowell / American Journal

A 92-year-old Prohibition-period car or truck will be entered in the Gorham Lions Club 13th Yearly Classic Automobile Clearly show on Sunday.

Richard Pratt of Gorham will display the 1929 4-doorway Franklin Product 130 he restored. It’s the favorite in his assortment of Franklins – he has 6 – and will be amongst the 150 autos predicted at the show.

Other than the upholstery and paint work, Richard Pratt did all of the restoration work on his Prohibition Period Franklin. Robert Lowell / American Journal

The Model 130, produced in the course of the roaring 20s, characteristics a solution compartment at the rear of a backseat folding armrest wherever illegal booze could be stashed.

“They designed vehicles to cover alcoholic beverages,” Pratt mentioned.

Pratt was powering the wheel for a brief spin Tuesday, but he usually drives the car excursions and has racked up 20,000 miles.

“This is my old devoted,” Pratt claimed, checking the odometer.

Pratt found out his “old faithful” in East Baldwin while looking pieces for another car. The Franklin was saved in a tractor-trailer and a tree had to be reduce down so it could be eliminated. The motor vehicle was in rough shape and the engine was in items, he claimed.

Richard Pratt powering the wheel of his prized 1929 four-door Franklin Design 130. Robert Lowell / American Journal

Pratt did the restoration do the job besides for upholstery and painting. The maroon motor vehicle with black fenders now looks the way it did refreshing from the factory in Syracuse, New York. It was thought of a luxury automobile in 1929, with a price tag sticker of $3,000. In comparison, a 1929 Ford Model A went for $495 at the time, Pratt claimed.

His Franklin is almost certainly valued at $30,000 these days, he mentioned, but “there isn’t a selling price on this 1.”

The car’s “Run Dry” license plate refers to it not needing coolant as the 6-cylinder motor is air-cooled. The car or truck has a few ahead gears, 19-inch wheel rims with wood spokes made of white ash, and a 6-volt electrical procedure. Its rear doorways open in the opposite course from front types.

Features include rear window curtains and a fold out windshield to get rid of night headlight glare from cars in the rear.

Sunday affords a uncommon chance for vehicle buffs to talk with Pratt about his vehicle, its history and periods.

“I’m not a motor vehicle show guy” but supports the Lions Club display, explained Pratt, whose son Lee Pratt is chairman of the City Council.

“The temperature is intended to be superb,” Lions Club President Ken Aldrich mentioned.

The present will award 1st, 2nd and third put awards in 22 lessons for classic automobiles. Aldrich reported he expects a fantastic turnout.  The annual occasion was canceled final calendar year for the reason that of the pandemic.

« Earlier

Next »