Oct 13, 2018

FRANCO / IT

The Italian FRANCO Automobili S.A.  was a short lived company.  Attilio Franco presented a prototype  at the Automobile Salon at Turin ( Torino) in 1908. This exposition was a big succes so he decided to start a regular production in 1910.  A FRANCO race car piloted by Tullio Carilato won the Targa Florio  in May 1910.
Car production ceased in 1912.

badge in art nouveau style

Dimension 6.3  cm
Year1909- 1912
Estimate


flat reverse without makers mark

with some imagination you see the emblem on top of the radiator

Here is another FRANCO emblem looking more recent. I wasn´t able to verify if there was (another ) FRANCO car company.

same name but this badge is from the coach builder Pietro Franco of  Torino 

For more beautiful car emblems see older posts or top right ( list of car makers ).

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