1932 Douglas Sidecar Outfit,
Lot 366
1931/32 Douglas 750cc ‘Works’ Racing Sidecar Outfit
Sold for £29,900 (US$ 49,690) inc. premium
Lot Details
1931/32 Douglas 750cc ‘Works’ Racing Sidecar Outfit
The 1930’s were indeed difficult times for Douglas and although the company had achieved massive success and publicity in its dirt track racing days this was not having the desired impact on production model sales across the board. 1931 was the year of the ‘tartan tank’ models and this ‘Works’ outfit is presented in that livery. It is believed to be one of just three examples of this ‘Works’ model built and thought to be Jack Douglas’s own machine. Jack had of course enjoyed particular success in dirt track racing, notably at the Bristol track. Cyril Pullin campaigned a 746cc sidecar outfit and the Bury brothers were to campaign one of these machines with great success, Ted Bury steering the model to win the Syston Championship in 1931, the Mountain Mile Grand Prix organised by the Sydenham Club in 1932 and going on to be placed well in many road races until late in the 1930’s. The 750cc racer featured Douglas forks, Sturmey Archer gearbox to Douglas’s order, a bronze crank case for extra strength with cylinder barrels spigotted and ground in and distinctive exhaust porting. The model featured highly effective 9 inch servo-assisted brakes and a two section fuel tank. The sidecar was cleverly hinged for easy engine adjustment access.

The Douglas racing fraternity is a small and select group and this machine passed through the hands of Dr. Joe Bailey and Len Cole before acquisition by Colin Clifford in fully dismantled state in the late 1960’s or very early 1970’s. By one of those amazing coincidences the sidecar was located in Bristol at a later date and reunited with the machine. A painstaking restoration followed, returning the machine as closely as possible to original ‘Works’ specification and presentation.This is believed to be the only complete ‘Works’ outfit surviving although the whereabouts of the remains of one other is known to the vendor. The outfit is presented ready to ride or show.
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