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Lot 388: c.1951 Douglas 348cc Competition Model

Collectors' Motorcycles, Bonhams (16 October 2005)

Eschewing the torsion-bar rear springing of its road models, Douglas announced a new rigid-framed trials machine for 1949. The Competition model used frames intended for a stillborn military project, into which was fitted the new Freddie Dixon-designed MkIV engine. Works riders Ted Breffitt and David Tye achieved some notable success on the trials Dougie, but its prohibitive cost mean that few found favour with privateers and the model was dropped during 1951. In his book, Classic British Trials Bikes, recognised authority Don Morley notes that the general consensus of opinion is that fewer than 50 Competition models were made, of which fewer than a dozen survive. Presented in apparently good, restored condition, this ultra-rare Douglas Competition model is offered with original logbook, maintenance manual, 1953 tax disc and Swansea V5 registration document. The odometer displays a total of 5,997 miles.

Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Motorcycles
Bonhams, Classic & Motorcycle Mechanics Show, Stafford
Lot Number388
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£3200
Hammer Price (inc premium)£3680
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Engine number8970/C
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