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Title: Douglas Price Advice
Post by: pancho16 on 22 Jan 2013 at 08:38
I am a lifelong Douglas fan & am considering  to return to the fold & purchase after many years without a bike. I am trying to get my head around present market prices   .I have seen 1947 T35,  1951 Mark 5,  1957 Dragonfly all tidy but not by any means cooncours!    All around 5000.     Is this a realistic price or am I completely out of touch ? (perhaps  actual Douglas owners are not the obvious un- biased people to ask!) .   Also given the above selection of Models ,any tips  on what to look for/check & which would you choose?
Title: Re: Douglas Price Advice
Post by: David Lawrence on 22 Jan 2013 at 23:17
Hi "Pancho 16"
Regarding your return ti the Douglas fold, we enthusiasts would welcome you home!

Concerning the prices, we in the Douglas Club would suggest that for 5000 you would expect a bike in very good condition, as you are aware, these days a bike is worth what you are prepared to pay for it, but recently some prices have got rather out of hand.
I would suggest that the best way forward is to join, rejoin? the Club, our bimonthly magazine usually has a selection of post war bikes available, often less than 4000.
I see you live in the Somerset area, the Bristol section of the Club is very active, a visit to the Club nights would give you a lot of first hand information.
If you decide to take this step please contact our membership secretary Mr Reg Holmes email is: reg.holmes@blueyonder.co.uk He lives in the Bristol area and will I am sure give you advice.
I feel that any of the Mark/Dragonfly series would suit you, but I confess that with my advancing age find manhandling my Dragonfly on and off the stand a bit of a struggle, not so much the weight but the angle of the centre stand. Must get around to fitting a prop stand :roll: The Mark series seem much easier to handle!
Good luck with your search.
Dave
Title: Re: Douglas Price Advice
Post by: podge on 23 Jan 2013 at 15:00
Hi Pancho 16

I bought an early 1955 black/silver Dragonfly in 2006 for 4000. Itwas OK but had ignition problems = the distributor was prone to arcing inside - so I converted it to 12 volts and used a Boyer Bransen electronic ignition which solved the problem. However I found the Dragonfly cumbersome, the dual seat was so high that with my litttle legs I could only tiptoe on the ground and it became heavier by the month to push around. I sold it in 2010 and bought a 1951 MK 5, I think the best post  war Douglas, for 3750. A friend of mine bought one before Christmas in immaculate condition for 3999. Like Doug wants, I fabricated a side stand for my MK 5 from a Honda CBR 600 side stand that I got from a breakers - makes handling much easier. I also have a 1932 A 32 Terrier - my pride and joy.

My advice is to go seek a 1951 MK 5 and join the LDMCC.

Kind Regards

Paul Douglas Goodenough 
Title: Re: Douglas Price Advice
Post by: pancho16 on 28 Jan 2013 at 07:33
Thanks for the advice.I will join club first & start searching .Pancho