c.1917 Douglas 2¾hp Project Frame no. to be advised Engine no. to be advised
Lot 209N
c.1917 Douglas 2¾hp Project
Registration no. not UK registered Frame no. to be advised Engine no. to be advised
£7,000 - 10,000
US$ 9,000 - 13,000

Amended
Lot Details
c.1917 Douglas 2¾hp Project Frame no. to be advised Engine no. to be advised c.1917 Douglas 2¾hp Project Frame no. to be advised Engine no. to be advised
c.1917 Douglas 2¾hp Project
Registration no. not UK registered
Frame no. to be advised
Engine no. to be advised
The current owner acquired this 'barn find' Douglas 2¾hp in 1995 at the Coupes Moto Légende at Montlhéry from a renowned French collector. During the event, the satirical newspaper Fluide Glacial photographed the Douglas and wrote an article entitled: 'We found Napoleon's motorbike!'

A few years later the vendor acquired another Douglas, and because of a lack of time, money, and courage, decided to preserve this one in its existing condition. Since that decision was made the Douglas has been exhibited at various venues in France including Avernes (May 1998), Moulins (May 2005), and Saligny-sur-Roudon (May 2009). It has almost always been exhibited together with WWI vehicles, though its actual date of manufacture and history are not known. The Douglas has attended several events celebrating The Great War, especially during the centenary commemoration in 2014, including those at Moulins (31st July), Bourbon-Lancy (25th October), and Yseure (11th November). The presence of foot-boards, a sprung pillion saddle, and passenger footrests suggests that, if this Douglas was a military machine originally, it enjoyed a period of civilian use after the war.

Although a full restoration is by no means impossible, particularly for an experienced Douglas enthusiast, it is undeniable that this magnificent 100-year-old motorcycle has enormous presence in its present 'barn find' condition, and perhaps would be better treated as a display piece, leaving its dignity intact.

Footnotes

  • As with all Lots in the Sale, this Lot is sold 'as is/where is' and Bidders must satisfy themselves as to the provenance, condition, age, completeness and originality prior to bidding.

Saleroom notices

  • The frame number is 40172. We are unable to locate the engine number.
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