3-5-2018 Update: Looks like the sale in November did not go through as this Douglas is back up for sale by the new owner. The listing now calls it a 1949 model (instead of the ’48 as originally described) but it otherwise seems to be the same. Find it with bidding up to $1,000 and the reserve not yet met
Post Sale Update: After 15 bids on eBay, this Douglas sold for $3,700.
Douglas’ first new design after World War II, the Mark 3’s motor was an evolution from a generator engine Douglas developed for the military. Just 1,400 were built this year and barely any of them made it to the US – the rarity makes this was worth a look even though it has been sitting for decades.
The Mark 3 was only sold in 1948 and 1949, and it was offered in multiple trims including a Deluxe, a Sports,and a Competition. All of the options featured a 348cc boxer twin that keeps the center of mass low, and that aids handling. The Competition model was ridden in the Scottish Six Days Trial by a Douglas sales rep to a Special First Class Award and Nevis Challenge Trophy (2nd best placement by someone who has never done the SSDT before).For an owner’s perspective, chck out Kynoch’s Information.
This example (VIN: T35/S 5154/3) has not been started in decades, though the seller says that the engine and transmission turn freely. The cosmetics are in decent shape for 70 years, though there is some surface rust that should be addressed. The seller’s plan was to get this running again and sell it via auction, but he has “too many projects underway”.
Find this Douglas for sale in Huntington Beach, California with bidding up to $3,550 and the reserve not yet met