c.1926 Douglas 348cc EW  Engine no. YE 7562

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Lot 624
c.1926 Douglas 348cc EW
Registration no. RL 2947 Engine no. YE 7562

Sold for £ 3,220 (US$ 4,369) inc. premium

c.1926 Douglas 348cc EW

c.1926 Douglas 348cc EW
Registration no. RL 2947
Engine no. YE 7562
Douglas commenced motorcycle production in 1907 with a machine powered by a horizontally-opposed twin. 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 taking 1st, 2nd and 4th places in the 1912 Isle of Man Junior TT. Designed by Cyril Pullin and launched at the Olympia Show in 1925, the EW was intended to benefit from tax concessions available to lightweights, and so weighed under 200lbs. In typical Douglas fashion the engine was a fore-and-aft flat twin: a fixed-head sidevalve with outside flywheel, hand and mechanical oil pumps, and BTH magneto ignition. A gearbox mounted behind rather than above the rear cylinder, all-chain drive and decent-sized drum brakes differentiated the EW from its predecessors, as did the handsome sloping fuel tank that replaced the ‘flat’ style used hitherto. An unusual feature was the gearchange gate located in the tank’s centre. Benefiting from numerous improvements, the EW went on to achieve some notable successes in the popular reliability trials of the period. This example was acquired around 20 years ago and restored by Eric Houseley over a period of five years. Used on private land only and preserved in good condition, the machine is offered without documents.
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