c.1914 Douglas 2¾hp Project Frame no. 15081 Engine no. 15311

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Lot 303
c.1914 Douglas 2¾hp Project
Registration no. not registered Frame no. 15081 Engine no. 15311

Sold for £ 4,830 (US$ 6,553) inc. premium
c.1914 Douglas 2¾hp Project
Registration no. not registered
Frame no. 15081
Engine no. 15311
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 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 distressed and incomplete Douglas was formerly owned by a WW2 veteran of the Burma Campaign, who served as a dispatch rider and, later, as an Army Commando. Photographs exist of the late owner racing at the Gatwick Speed Trials in the 1930s. Sold by his family, the Douglas was discovered, dismantled, in the loft of his house after his death in 1989. Offered with spare engine, numbered YE7017 and gearbox. There are no documents with this Lot, which is offered for restoration and sold strictly as viewed.
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c.1914 Douglas 2¾hp Project Frame no. 15081 Engine no. 15311
c.1914 Douglas 2¾hp Project Frame no. 15081 Engine no. 15311
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