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Douglas Motors

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May 1925. Model CW.
May 1925.
January 1930.

Kingswood, Bristol.

By 1931 Douglas had become a public company and was sold by the family.

1932 New models were added, but the firm was soon in financial difficulty.

1932 The light air-cooled engine had been adapted for use in light aircraft by British Aircraft Co.

1934 They produced a 494cc shaft-drive model called the Endeavour. William Douglas, by now quite elderly, bought back the faltering business and produced a smaller range until the end of the decade.

1935 Herr Kronfeld made a record flight from Croydon to Paris in an aircraft powered by a Douglas engine[1].

1935 The company was in financial trouble and was voluntarily liquidated. The factory was purchased by the British Pacific Trust[2]. It had been used for making motorcycles and light aero engines. The new owners would use it for making aero engines and accessories. A new public company Aero Engines Ltd was launched which planned to halt production of motorcycles, concentrating instead on engines for aircraft.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 19 June 1935
  2. The Times, 12 June 1935