Ex-Alec Ulmann, ex-Larz Anderson Auto Museum,1914 DOUGLAS 2¾HP Frame no. 15648 Engine no. 15928

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Lot 162
Ex-Alec Ulmann, ex-Larz Anderson Auto Museum
1914 DOUGLAS 2¾HP MOTORCYCLE

Sold for US$ 14,950 inc. premium
Ex-Alec Ulmann, ex-Larz Anderson Auto Museum
1914 DOUGLAS 2¾HP

Frame no. 15648
Engine no. 15928

The Bristol-based Douglas Foundry took up motorcycle production in 1907 with a machine powered by a horizontally-opposed, twin-cylinder engine. 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.

From 1912, some models were offered with a kick start mechanism as on this machine, adding some convenience to their use then and now. This example of the popular Douglas twin has a known history in America dating back to its earliest days, owing to a file which includes correspondence with the Works. Its owner in 1919, was Robert C. Shalin of West Ninth Street in New York City, who wrote to 'Douglas Brothers, Engineers' requesting some parts for this 1914 machine in October that year, a corresponding receipt from the Treasury Department confirms a full $1.75 duty was paid on them!

By the 1950s, the motorcycle was the property of C. A. Lyle of Loconia, New Hampshire, who also corresponded with the Douglas factory. On Mr. Lyle's death it was acquired by noted car aficionado Alec Ulmann, the founder of Sebring Raceway, who also had a penchant for motorcycles, particularly Douglas'. The bike would pass into the collection of the Larz Anderson Auto Museum later and was not de-accessioned until 2002, when it was sold by Bonhams & Brooks, to the current owner at one our early auctions at this venue.

In the last 15 years, the bike has been made to run, but has otherwise received limited use. Viewed today, it appears to be ostensibly a highly original and unmolested example with an appealing patina, wholesome authenticity and nice provenance.

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Ex-Alec Ulmann, ex-Larz Anderson Auto Museum,1914 DOUGLAS 2¾HP Frame no. 15648 Engine no. 15928
Ex-Alec Ulmann, ex-Larz Anderson Auto Museum,1914 DOUGLAS 2¾HP Frame no. 15648 Engine no. 15928
Ex-Alec Ulmann, ex-Larz Anderson Auto Museum,1914 DOUGLAS 2¾HP Frame no. 15648 Engine no. 15928
Ex-Alec Ulmann, ex-Larz Anderson Auto Museum,1914 DOUGLAS 2¾HP Frame no. 15648 Engine no. 15928
Ex-Alec Ulmann, ex-Larz Anderson Auto Museum,1914 DOUGLAS 2¾HP Frame no. 15648 Engine no. 15928
Ex-Alec Ulmann, ex-Larz Anderson Auto Museum,1914 DOUGLAS 2¾HP Frame no. 15648 Engine no. 15928
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