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Old 06-30-2008, 01:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Lots of other cool stuff too, like the Airmobile, B&S Buckboard...

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Old 06-30-2008, 01:45 AM   #2 (permalink)
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$3,000 in 1911 . That's like spending $60,000 in today's money!
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Old 06-30-2008, 02:09 AM   #3 (permalink)
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And it looks like it was owned by a proto-Ecomodder :

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During the years 1910 and 1911, the Franklin Automobile Company built a limited number of special sports cars. This 4-cylinder car was built for S.G. Averell for his use in Puerto Rico during the winter months. Averell enjoyed participating in gasoline economy runs and, in 1913, he competed in the Long Island Economy Run in this car.
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Old 06-30-2008, 02:13 AM   #4 (permalink)
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It would be fun to know more about those old runs, the cars, and the techniques.
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$3,000 in 1911 . That's like spending $60,000 in today's money!
how much is that new Honda fuel cell car going for.. bet it near 60k.. you pay for the best as they say.
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also note that that MPG was at 15.4 MPH... pretty slow
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how much is that new Honda fuel cell car going for.. bet it near 60k.. you pay for the best as they say.
Based on the blurb, I'm thinking this was a one-off custom for the well-to-do owner. Like buying a turn-key Cobra replicar.

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Old 06-30-2008, 02:39 AM   #8 (permalink)
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They are only for lease. I believe they monthly payments are going to be just over 500 a month.
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Old 06-30-2008, 05:09 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Just think, it was probably all on dirt roads, with a low compression engine on low octane fuel, with manually set timing advance.

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