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Offline SoloAce

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where can I find a D32 600cc Greyhound Douglas
« on: 16 Nov 2006 at 14:39 »
Hi,
 Everyone I'm new here, and I love these bikes! I was wondering where I can find a D32 600cc Greyhound Douglas in good running condition?

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Re: where can I find a D32 600cc Greyhound Douglas
« Reply #1 on: 16 Nov 2006 at 16:43 »
Hi,
 Your chances of finding a D32 Greyhound are pretty remote. There are only 2 listed in the London Douglas Motorcycle Club machine register. If you are prepared to widen your scope to include all 1930s 500cc and 600cc side valve models you would stand a better chance of finding one of these superb machines which only differ in detail. These include S5, S6, T6, C31, D31, E31, Bulldog (C32), Airedale (E32), Blue Chief, Wessex, Endeavour and Aero models of 1936 to 1939. If you do not own a Douglas at present, you may still join the LDMCC as an associate member and receive their magazine where machines more often than not are offered for sale prior to other sources. You would as a member also be able to advertise free of charge for a machine which may attract a response from a member considering the sale of his mount. Chris.

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Re: where can I find a D32 600cc Greyhound Douglas
« Reply #2 on: 16 Nov 2006 at 19:33 »
Chris,
   Thank you very much for the helpful info! I would love any 1930s 500cc and 600cc side valve model bike that has the same stylings of the Greyhound or Aero model. How much would a 1930's 600cc bike in an unrestored but running condition go for in the US?
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Re: where can I find a D32 600cc Greyhound Douglas
« Reply #3 on: 17 Nov 2006 at 00:23 »
From the eBay forum, a 1935-36 Douglas Endeavour advertised for US$40,000 (!) and a 1930 Douglas S6 600sv which sold for 2,801.00 British Pounds.

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Re: where can I find a D32 600cc Greyhound Douglas
« Reply #4 on: 17 Nov 2006 at 03:57 »
Just to further elaborate on Chris' post above. The S5, S6, T6, C31, D31, E31, E32 (Airedale), and H32 (Mastif) are all very much the same ilk as the D32 (Greyhound), in capacities from 500 to 750cc. To a certain extent, the Wessex, Powerflow, Z, and Z1 of 1934/35 are a continuation of these, but they started to evolve into the subsequent models with loss of the finned oil sump, more bulbous petrol tank, and alterations to the frame.

The 500 and 600cc Aero models are not the same, but were the replacement models that superseded the above. This new pattern of lighter, large capacity side valve began with the Blue Chief model of 1935.  These are just as pleasent machines in their own right, and to a mechanical extent better as they reverted back to a simpler valve actuation method.

The C32 is one of the small 350cc engines punched out to 500cc, and mounted in the single loop frame of the lightweight A31 models. So an interesting hybrid machine which I for one would not mind having, but really a lightweight machine and nowhere near as substantial as one of the 'proper' big twins. 

The Endeavour is a completely different animal altogether, transverse engine, shaft drive, and commanding premium prices even when new. It was a ground-breaking model when introduced, did not sell very well, and still retains a mystique to this day. Hence the prices asked, but it is all about perception as there are may other side-valve Douglas models that are far rarer. Such as the Greyhound and Mastif in 1933 (D33, H33) or even the Blue Chief if you want that later, sumpless look. 

So if you want a big sump model, any listed in the first paragraph will do it for you. If you want something more lithe in appearance, then the Aero models are a good choice. Either will give you that big-twin Douglas experience, and once mechanically sorted give minimal bother. While sidecars were offered for the Aero models, sidecar mounting points are built into the frames of the Greyhound variants. Something to keep in the back of your mind if you feel a sidecar is in your future. 

Good luck shopping!

-Doug

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Re: where can I find a D32 600cc Greyhound Douglas
« Reply #5 on: 17 Nov 2006 at 04:27 »
not to switch gears, but the more I am finding out about these lovely bikes the more I am liking the stylings of the late teens, early 20's Douglas bikes. I really like the racing bikes from those years. ~Joe

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Re: where can I find a D32 600cc Greyhound Douglas
« Reply #6 on: 17 Nov 2006 at 23:48 »
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I really like the racing bikes from those years.
You and about ten thousand others!  :) If that is what you want, be prepared to pay as they are not cheap and spares are difficult to come by.

-Doug

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Re: where can I find a D32 600cc Greyhound Douglas
« Reply #7 on: 05 Dec 2006 at 18:36 »
I would get in contact with Lennart Olsson.¬  His website is http://www.lennartolsson.com¬ :idea:

To see the Greyhound that he has go here:

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Re: where can I find a D32 600cc Greyhound Douglas
« Reply #8 on: 13 Dec 2006 at 19:51 »
Hi there all , possible sighting of Greyhound on e-bay. Roy.

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Re: where can I find a D32 600cc Greyhound Douglas
« Reply #9 on: 14 Dec 2006 at 02:08 »
A link or an eBay number so it can be investigated? I can not locate it with a general search.

-Doug

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Re: where can I find a D32 600cc Greyhound Douglas
« Reply #10 on: 14 Dec 2006 at 02:19 »

Doug, it is on Ebay UK.  See here.
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Re: where can I find a D32 600cc Greyhound Douglas
« Reply #11 on: 14 Dec 2006 at 03:35 »
Odd, I was searching worldwide, but o.k., see it now via the link. Interesting adaptation of the postwar T35/Mark 3 front fork.

-Doug

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Re: where can I find a D32 600cc Greyhound Douglas
« Reply #12 on: 14 Dec 2006 at 04:23 »
Doug, I think the eBay search will only bring up results that are available to your country - looks as though this listing has been set to UK only - thus need to access by ID

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Re: where can I find a D32 600cc Greyhound Douglas
« Reply #13 on: 20 Dec 2006 at 18:35 »
Hi folks, neither of the bikes sold on E-bay. One bid on the 500, no bids for the"Greyhound". I suspect the Douglas knowledgable sussed out it was more of a "Bits-n-Pieces" than original.
Roy.