In 1949, Joseph Franc along with his wife, Mae Franc, began what is now Franc
Motors Inc. as a Chevrolet dealership known as Franc Chevrolet. Joseph Franc
was the owner and Mae was the bookkeeper. New cars and trucks were sold,
general repairs were done, and Esso gas pumps were in operations.
In 1967, many changes began to occur. Joseph Franc suddenly became ill and
General Motors terminated Franc Chevrolet as a dealership. Rather than close
the family owned business, Mae Franc, Harry Ostien, her son in law, Evelyn
Ostien, her daughter, and Richard Ostien, her grandson, decided to change the
name to Franc Motors Inc. and operate as a general repair facility. At that time
Harry became the President, Rick, the Vice-President, and Mae, the Secretary-
Treasurer. When Mae became ill years later, Evelyn, assumed her position as
In 1968, Franc Motors Inc. acquired its first tow truck and began to offer towing
and recovery service. Ten years later in 1978, a Car Carrier was added, this was
the first Car Carrier in the Willington/Storrs area. As the years passed, the
towing side of the business progressed and in 1988, Rick initiated a heavy-duty
towing service. Franc Motors Inc. started heavy-duty towing and recovery with a
Brigadeer, a Car Carrier, two wreckers, and a power wagon. The motto was “On
call 24 ½ hours a day.” Heavy-duty towing lasted until 1994 when Rick decided
to offer towing only during operation hours instead of 24 hour service.
About Our Business
|Harry Ostien and long time
customer John Tanaka in front
of John's Father's restored '35
Over the years Franc Motors Inc. has been an active member in the community.
With financial support for charities and schools in both local and surrounding
area towns. For several years the Car Carrier was an active decorated
participant in the annual Homecoming Parade at UCONN.
For the past 59 years honest, prompt, and quality service has been the
cornerstone. Harry, Evelyn, and Rick Ostien operated the family-owned
business for many years. Today, Rick still operates Franc Motors Inc. with the
assistance of his son, Matt. Four ASE certified Technicians are employed and
general repairs and towing/recovery are still offered on foreign and domestic
cars and trucks.
The picture above is a front view of Franc Motors Inc. during operation hours. As the
years passed the appearance of the facility has changed. The shop began with 4 bays
and now has 8 bays with the addition completed in 1999.