Anyone know anything about Douglas SV's?
A while ago I acquired a SV45. It had been standing in someone's garden for a millennium or so and probably qualifies for the award for the rustiest piece of iron (and aluminium) I own. It hadn't been started for about 20 years but after un-sticking a valve, cleaning the points and carburettor, it (or is it a she?) ran!
The wildlife extricating itself from the engine as it got a bit too warm for them was something to behold! - particularly, one of biggest spiders I've ever seen, it looked like a scaled-up - about 36" to the foot - black widow. Don't tell the missus, it's still at large somewhere in the garage!
I only bought it because it came as a job-lot with a hefty generator I was after, it's not after all, the prettiest engine in the world!
Anyway, the A-Z is about the only info. I can find on it. The A-Z says 'SV45 = 450cc serial numbers 3126 to 3334 built 19/9/51 to 9/11/55'. Well, my one's serial no. is 565H. Did they make only 208 SV45's or did they make3334 with mine being made perhaps just after the war?
I thought the SV's were only made from about '51 to '55 ish. Any clues?