Lot 128 - 1921 12904 2¾HP
|Estimate||£6,000 - £8,000|
|Result||Sold - £5,500|
Around 1905, Barter's Light Motors Ltd manufactured a 200cc side
valve flat twin, clipped into a more or less standard bicycle
frame, known as the 'Fairy'. The crankcases were cast at the
Douglas Brothers foundry in Bristol, from 1905 to 1907. It was not
a Douglas but the immediate predecessor. When Barter's Light Motors
went into liquidation in 1907, Barter was invited to join Douglas,
and a new and improved machine, the Model A, was exhibited in 1907.
By 1910, the bicycle look had been supplanted by a more
purposeful-looking motorcycle, the Model B, which nowadays is by
far the most familiar old Douglas of that period. Fewer tests of a
motorcycle can be more arduous than wartime service and the 2¾ hp
Douglas came through The Great War with flying colours. The
lightness of the machine made it particularly nimble in
shell-ridden areas and the quality of Douglas engineering shone
through in their enviable reliability. The Douglas 350cc 2¾HP was
manufactured from 1907 to 1926.
This excellent 1921 Douglas 2¾HP was purchased by the vendor in 1990 and he used it regularly on the Banbury run often winning his class, on a couple of occasions winning the trophy for the oldest combined age of bike and rider. In 2003 he took the bike off the road due to ill health and is only now selling it, reluctantly, as he will be unable to ride it again. Presented in traditional Douglas silver, blue and black livery and equipped with a P&H acetylene headlamp and Desmo rear lamp. This motorcycle is supplied with a V5 registration document, 'buff' log books dating back to the mid 1960's and a dating certificate from The Vintage Motor Cycle Club. It also comes with old MoT test certificates, photocopies of an original handbook, a photocopy of the 1924 Douglas sales brochure and some correspondence relating to this motorcycle. Also included in the sale are a number of second-hand spare parts which include a crank shaft, cylinder barrel, con rod, cam gear, drive belt parts, valves and springs. This model is very popular as it is simple, reliable and can be used in a number of classic bike events.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.