c.1914 Douglas 2¾hp Frame no. 22087 Engine no. 12559

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Lot 473
c.1914 Douglas 2¾hp
Registration no. KT 1137 Frame no. 22087 Engine no. 12559

Sold for £ 7,130 (US$ 9,888) inc. premium
c.1914 Douglas 2¾hp
Registration no. KT 1137
Frame no. 22087
Engine no. 12559
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, 2¾hp Douglas machines taking 1st, 2nd and 4th 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 that resulted in the firm obtaining a wartime contract for the supply of military machines.

Douglas' success continued after The Great War. In its publicity announcing the 1924 models the company claimed that 'well over 75,000 Douglas 2¾hp machines are giving satisfaction every day to their owners.' No need was seen for major changes.

Purchased by the vendor in 1981 and described as a good, clean and original machine, this 2¾hp Douglas has not run for some time. Dry-stored, it would appear only to require sympathetic re-commissioning and the usual safety checks before further use. The paintwork has been sympathetically tidied - possibly as part of an older restoration - and the machine comes complete with hand operated Klaxon and Lucas lighting equipment. Offered with old-style buff logbook and Swansea V5.

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