I am sure there is an interesting tale concerning the early years of my 80 Plus, if only I could find what it is! According to the LDMCC my bike is not recorded as having been sold, possible explanations include it having been used for display for some time, maybe sold from the factory or ever stolen! However the original owner has been traced by me, unfortunately passed away but his widow is still alive, he raced on the Isle of Mann with a NZ contingent a couple of years (49 to 52 or so) but never on an Douglas that I can determine. Considering when my bike was made and when it was first registered for road use in NZ it must have came almost directly from the factory with him on the ship. This same gentleman set up a motorcycle shop in NZ and that was at a time when there were strong restrictions on importation of just about everything.
My best guess is that he bought it at the factory and brought it home as 'luggage' and considering that neither his widow or others that knew him can remember a Douglas I can only assume he immediately sold it to the second owner, legal transfer of ownership not occuring for two years as would have been required to avoid problems with the 'luggage' categorisation of the import.
I have found one owner from it's very early days and he assures me the bike, when he had it, was fitted with the woffle box and air cleaner. Both unusual for a 80 Plus I think?