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Auction archive: Lot number 414

1929 Norton 490cc Model 18 Registration no. SV 6094 Frame no. 53945 Engine no. 45541

Estimate
£0
Price realised:
£5,980
ca. US$10,544
Auction archive: Lot number 414

1929 Norton 490cc Model 18 Registration no. SV 6094 Frame no. 53945 Engine no. 45541

Estimate
£0
Price realised:
£5,980
ca. US$10,544
Beschreibung:

Like the majority of its contemporaries, Norton relied on the sidevalve engine until the 1920s, when the existing and well-tried 490cc unit was used as the basis for the firm’s first overhead-valve design. Penned by James Lansdowne Norton himself and first seen in prototype form in 1922, the ohv Norton made little impact in that year’s Senior TT, though at Brooklands O’Donovan raised the world 500cc kilometre record to over 89mph using the new motor. A road-going version, the Model 18, was catalogued for 1923, quickly establishing a reputation for both speed and reliability. The Model 18 retained its essentially vintage characteristics until 1931 when the range was extensively redesigned, the most obvious external alteration in its appearance before then being the adoption of a ‘saddle’ tank for 1929. The vendor purchased this Model 18 from Norton specialist George Cohen in 1987 and while in the present ownership has made several trips to the Isle of Man, participating regularly in the closed-roads parades. Recent refurbishment has included re-bushing the forks (1995), mag-dyno overhaul (2001), rear wheel rebuild (2001) and engine rebuild by George Cohen (2001). Offered with Swansea V5, the machine is expected to be freshly MoT’d and taxed at time of sale.

Auction archive: Lot number 414
Auction:
Datum:
16 Oct 2005
Auction house:
Bonhams London
Stafford, Staffordshire County Showground Staffordshire County Showground Weston Road Stafford ST18 0BD Tel: +44 207 447 7447 Fax : +44 207 447 7401 info@bonhams.com
Beschreibung:

Like the majority of its contemporaries, Norton relied on the sidevalve engine until the 1920s, when the existing and well-tried 490cc unit was used as the basis for the firm’s first overhead-valve design. Penned by James Lansdowne Norton himself and first seen in prototype form in 1922, the ohv Norton made little impact in that year’s Senior TT, though at Brooklands O’Donovan raised the world 500cc kilometre record to over 89mph using the new motor. A road-going version, the Model 18, was catalogued for 1923, quickly establishing a reputation for both speed and reliability. The Model 18 retained its essentially vintage characteristics until 1931 when the range was extensively redesigned, the most obvious external alteration in its appearance before then being the adoption of a ‘saddle’ tank for 1929. The vendor purchased this Model 18 from Norton specialist George Cohen in 1987 and while in the present ownership has made several trips to the Isle of Man, participating regularly in the closed-roads parades. Recent refurbishment has included re-bushing the forks (1995), mag-dyno overhaul (2001), rear wheel rebuild (2001) and engine rebuild by George Cohen (2001). Offered with Swansea V5, the machine is expected to be freshly MoT’d and taxed at time of sale.

Auction archive: Lot number 414
Auction:
Datum:
16 Oct 2005
Auction house:
Bonhams London
Stafford, Staffordshire County Showground Staffordshire County Showground Weston Road Stafford ST18 0BD Tel: +44 207 447 7447 Fax : +44 207 447 7401 info@bonhams.com
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