1952 Douglas 348cc 90 Plus Frame no. 12536/90 Engine no. 9000/90

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Lot 50
1952 Douglas 348cc 90 Plus
Registration no. TSV 425 Frame no. 12536/90 Engine no. 9000/90

Sold for £ 13,455 (US$ 18,180) inc. premium
1952 Douglas 348cc 90 Plus
Registration no. TSV 425
Frame no. 12536/90
Engine no. 9000/90
Douglas commenced post-war production in 1947 with, naturally enough, a horizontally opposed twin, though unlike the vast majority of previous models the T35 mounted its engine across the frame. The former was of unitary construction while the latter displayed even greater innovation with its swinging arm rear suspension controlled by torsion bars, and leading-link Radiadraulic front fork. After development work had cured frame breakages and improved engine power, the revised version was dubbed the MkIII. The latter lasted until the advent of the new-for-1949 MkIV, which featured an un-sprung front mudguard and altered rear sub-frame with distinctive teardrop-shaped toolboxes. Standard and Sports versions were catalogued until the introduction of the MkV in 1951. Also part of the range were two specially tuned sports models known as the 80 Plus or 90 Plus depending on the level of performance achieved, a bench-tested 25bhp being required for a 90 Plus. A 21" front wheel and 9" brake were fitted to both models, which had contrasting finishes: maroon for the 80 Plus and gold for the 90 Plus.

This superb 90 Plus was purchased by the vendor in 2009 from the late Mick Ruocco, the well-known Isle of Man-based enthusiast and collector. Ruocco was selling the machine for a friend, and when the vendor saw its excellent condition, he had to have it. Taken back to the mainland, the Douglas has been displayed inside the vendor's house, unused, ever since, though he advises us that the bores have been oiled and the engine turned over at regular intervals.

'TSV 425' was restored by a previous owner and there are numerous receipts and invoices on file relating to work done and items purchased for the rebuild. Interestingly, there is also a letter stating that this 90 Plus was 'the last one made at Bristol', though this claim is as yet unverified. In April 2008 the machine received a 2nd place award in the Post War pre-'65 category at the Stafford Classic Motorcycle Show. Accompanying documentation includes the aforementioned invoices/receipts/letter, some old MoTs, two old V5s and a current V5C document. Two maintenance manuals, a reproduction workshop manual and a parts list are included in the sale. On static display for several years, the machine will require a check over and re-commissioning prior to further use.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note the machine is offered with a modern day V5C registration document and copy old style V5 and not two old style V5's as catalogued.
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1952 Douglas 348cc 90 Plus Frame no. 12536/90 Engine no. 9000/90
1952 Douglas 348cc 90 Plus Frame no. 12536/90 Engine no. 9000/90
1952 Douglas 348cc 90 Plus Frame no. 12536/90 Engine no. 9000/90
1952 Douglas 348cc 90 Plus Frame no. 12536/90 Engine no. 9000/90
1952 Douglas 348cc 90 Plus Frame no. 12536/90 Engine no. 9000/90
1952 Douglas 348cc 90 Plus Frame no. 12536/90 Engine no. 9000/90
1952 Douglas 348cc 90 Plus Frame no. 12536/90 Engine no. 9000/90
1952 Douglas 348cc 90 Plus Frame no. 12536/90 Engine no. 9000/90
1952 Douglas 348cc 90 Plus Frame no. 12536/90 Engine no. 9000/90
1952 Douglas 348cc 90 Plus Frame no. 12536/90 Engine no. 9000/90
1952 Douglas 348cc 90 Plus Frame no. 12536/90 Engine no. 9000/90
1952 Douglas 348cc 90 Plus Frame no. 12536/90 Engine no. 9000/90
1952 Douglas 348cc 90 Plus Frame no. 12536/90 Engine no. 9000/90
1952 Douglas 348cc 90 Plus Frame no. 12536/90 Engine no. 9000/90
1952 Douglas 348cc 90 Plus Frame no. 12536/90 Engine no. 9000/90
1952 Douglas 348cc 90 Plus Frame no. 12536/90 Engine no. 9000/90
1952 Douglas 348cc 90 Plus Frame no. 12536/90 Engine no. 9000/90
1952 Douglas 348cc 90 Plus Frame no. 12536/90 Engine no. 9000/90
1952 Douglas 348cc 90 Plus Frame no. 12536/90 Engine no. 9000/90
1952 Douglas 348cc 90 Plus Frame no. 12536/90 Engine no. 9000/90
1952 Douglas 348cc 90 Plus Frame no. 12536/90 Engine no. 9000/90
1952 Douglas 348cc 90 Plus Frame no. 12536/90 Engine no. 9000/90
1952 Douglas 348cc 90 Plus Frame no. 12536/90 Engine no. 9000/90
1952 Douglas 348cc 90 Plus Frame no. 12536/90 Engine no. 9000/90
1952 Douglas 348cc 90 Plus Frame no. 12536/90 Engine no. 9000/90
1952 Douglas 348cc 90 Plus Frame no. 12536/90 Engine no. 9000/90
1952 Douglas 348cc 90 Plus Frame no. 12536/90 Engine no. 9000/90
1952 Douglas 348cc 90 Plus Frame no. 12536/90 Engine no. 9000/90
1952 Douglas 348cc 90 Plus Frame no. 12536/90 Engine no. 9000/90
1952 Douglas 348cc 90 Plus Frame no. 12536/90 Engine no. 9000/90
1952 Douglas 348cc 90 Plus Frame no. 12536/90 Engine no. 9000/90
1952 Douglas 348cc 90 Plus Frame no. 12536/90 Engine no. 9000/90
1952 Douglas 348cc 90 Plus Frame no. 12536/90 Engine no. 9000/90
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