1936 Douglas Endeavour 500cc

Lot: 275

Sold for (£): 9,990
Offered for sale is a 0.5L 1936 Douglas Endeavour 500cc . Coming with no history file, this lot's condition scores 14 / 135.

Classic Car Auctions says:

A very rare, shaft-drive, 30s Douglas restoration project...


  • Radical, shaft-drive 500cc twin with a 4-speed gearbox. Only 52 ever made
  • Twin cylinder, side-valve engine mounted transversely for the first time in a specially adapted frame 
  • From a 30-year hibernation period and ready for restoration
  • Appears to be complete, still assembled and air in the tyres. You're halfway there!


Lot Details

Registration: 744 UXD RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive
Year: 1936 Engine size: 0.5L
Make: Douglas Odometer reading (miles):
Model: Endeavour 500cc MOT expiry:

Vendor Condition Report

Overall: 14 / 135


Bodywork: Glass:
Paint: Chrome:


Door-cards: Carpets:
Seating: Headlining:
Dashboard: Boot:


Components: Starting:
Appearance: Running:


Not been turned over at all 


Gears: Drive-shaft:


Similarly to the engine, unused.

Running Gear

Axles: Chassis:
Suspension: Bearings:
Brakes: Wheels/Tyres:


Minor: Major:


Untried, hence no scoring. 

Vehicle History


The contemporary Douglas catalogue described the Endeavour as "'The motorcycle of the age, a masterpiece on two wheels, car practice employed throughout, silent, safe, light, luxurious. The last word in engineering practice and design". Priced at £72 back in 1935, cheaper by £30.00 than the equivalent BMW of the same period.


About the Condition Report

A lot's condition report is compiled based on information provided to CCA by the vendor of the lot. CCA has no access to lots prior to a sale but does review its condition on the day of the sale. CCA strongly recommends viewing a lot prior to a sale as it cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information provided.
Poor Numerous faults / Extensive damage / Many missing parts / Project or donor car
Fair Basic condition / Requires attention mechanically & cosmetically / Some damage / Some missing parts
Good Every-day useable classic car / Driven & enjoyed / Commensurate with age & mileage / Drives and looks as it should / Some vehicle history
Very good Almost pristine / Mechanically & cosmetically sound / Driven only occasionally / Extensive vehicle history
Excellent Pristine / Original / Documented nut & bolt ground-up restoration / Stored professionally / Trailered only / Complete vehicle history