1916 Douglas 2¾hp  Frame no. 34580

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Lot 451
1916 Douglas 2¾hp
Frame no. 34580

Sold for £ 2,702 (US$ 3,651) inc. premium
1916 Douglas 2¾hp
Frame no. 34580
The Bristol-based Douglas Foundry took up motorcycle production in 1907 with a machine powered by a horizontally-opposed twin, and the company would keep faith with this engine 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 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 2¾hp Douglas was purchased (incomplete) at auction 20 years ago by the vendor who has been accumulating parts for it ever since. Consisting of a 1916 frame, 1919 engine and two-speed gearbox, the machine is presented in a loosely assembled state so that prospective purchasers may assess its completeness/originality prior to bidding. We are advised that the wheels have been rebuilt and fitted with new tyres/tubes, while a set of 1916 crankcases and a timing cover are included in the sale. Sold strictly as viewed, the machine comes with parts list and owners manual.

Saleroom notices

  • The frame number is 33575.
1916 Douglas 2¾hp  Frame no. 34580
1916 Douglas 2¾hp  Frame no. 34580
1916 Douglas 2¾hp  Frame no. 34580
1916 Douglas 2¾hp  Frame no. 34580
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