c.1950 Douglas 348cc Mark V (see text) Frame no. 9727/5B Engine no. 7226/4

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Lot 229
c.1950 Douglas 348cc Mark V (see text)
Registration no. not registered Frame no. 9727/5B Engine no. 7226/4

Sold for £ 3,220 (US$ 4,350) inc. premium
c.1950 Douglas 348cc Mark V (see text)
Registration no. not registered
Frame no. 9727/5B
Engine no. 7226/4
Douglas commenced post-war production in 1947 with, naturally enough, a flat 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. Its advanced running gear endowed the Douglas with excellent handling and steering characteristics, while the willing engine could propel the Duggie at up to 70mph and return 60-plus miles per gallon. Improved for 1948 by old Douglas hand Freddie Dixon, the revised Mark III featured new cylinder heads and a strengthened frame, while 1950 saw the introduction of the Mark IV with its distinctive triangular toolboxes, frame-mounted pillion footrests, and un-sprung front mudguard. The arrival of the 80 Plus and 90 Plus sports roadsters led to the 'standard' and 'sports' distinctions being dropped, the 'standard' roadster becoming the 'Mark V'. Introduced in November 1950, the latter was mechanically almost identical to the Mark IV, though readily distinguishable by virtue of its different exhaust system.

This Douglas consists of a Mark V frame that was dispatched in November 1950, and a Mark IV engine dispatched to a dealer in Enfield in January 1950. The larger-than-standard front brake is from a contemporary Douglas 80/90 Plus model, a common upgrade. The lady vendor's late husband kept the Douglas in a dismantled state for over 20 years before entrusting it to Viking Classics for rebuilding in 2013. Sadly, he never saw it completed. Offered with dating letter.
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c.1950 Douglas 348cc Mark V (see text) Frame no. 9727/5B Engine no. 7226/4
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