1924 Douglas 2.75hp Model CW  Frame no. 1707 Engine no. 74871

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Lot 609
1924 Douglas 2.75hp Model CW
Registration no. FC 7471 Frame no. 1707 Engine no. 74871

Sold for £ 4,600 (US$ 6,215) inc. premium

1924 Douglas 2.75hp Model CW

1924 Douglas 2.75hp Model CW
Registration no. FC 7471
Frame no. 1707
Engine no. 74871
The Bristol-based Douglas Foundry took up motorcycle production in 1907 with a machine powered by a horizontally-opposed, twin-cylinder engine, and the company would keep faith with this layout until it ceased motorcycle production in 1957. Fore-and-aft installation made for a slim machine with a low centre of gravity, and the design’s virtues were soon demonstrated in competition, Douglas machines taking first, second and fourth places in the 1912 Junior TT in the Isle of Man. Douglas were quick to realise the advantages of the countershaft gearbox, its three-speed entries gaining the Team Prize in the 1914 Six Days Trial, a conspicuous success which resulted in the firm obtaining a wartime contract for the supply of military machines.

This outstanding Douglas CW has a 350cc sidevalve engine of ‘fixed head’ type with outside flywheel and magneto ignition, while the transmission comprises chain primary drive to a three-speed gearbox with chain final drive. The front fork is of the side-spring type, while retardation is achieved by v-block belt-rim brakes front and rear. The present owner acquired the machine in 1993 from - effectively - its second owner who had purchased it from the original owner’s family. The second owner had done nothing to the machine, which had lain unused since 1930. The vendor restored the Douglas over the winter of 1993/94, and at the first Douglas Club event entered (in May 1994) it won ‘Best Motorcycle’ in the Cavalcade followed by ‘Best Vintage Motorcycle’ at the Bristol Classic Motorcycle Show in 1996. Presented in very good condition throughout, this well restored and highly original vintage Douglas comes fully equipped with foot-boards, luggage carrier, leather-faced toolboxes and acetylene headlamp. The machine, which retains its original registration mark, is offered with original buff logbook, tax discs from 1924-1930, Swansea V5 registration document and MoT to November 2005.
1924 Douglas 2.75hp Model CW  Frame no. 1707 Engine no. 74871
1924 Douglas 2.75hp Model CW  Frame no. 1707 Engine no. 74871
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