1936 Norton 500cc Special Order Model
Registration no. EPK 509
Frame no. 73170
Engine no. 72073
A.E. Titch Wilson of Guildford was a dedicated Norton enthusiast. He had already owned three Nortons before ordering EPK 509 from the factory. Although his dream bike in 1936 would have been a Model 30 International, funds did not permit, but his own special influence with friends at Norton enabled him to order this high specification machine, powered by a high-compression ES2 engine mounted in a cammy frame, with International forks and equipped with close ratio gearbox, Dyno foot-change and TT carburettor. This bespoke model was despatched from the works on 20th November 1936, (invoice no.F66121), and passed through Jacksons Garage of Guildford on its way to Titch, Nortons valued customer. In 1939 Titch sold the bike to Heath Bros and on the outbreak of war the bike was confiscated by the Ministry of Supply for the war effort. It was allocated in 1941 to York Corporation Police Department, one of two similar bikes, and saw active service during the war. Its custodian during the war years was a C. V.
Butler who recalls using EPK for running errands, also for escorting military convoys through York and District and also for traffic duty when York Races started up again after the war. It was retired from service in April 1947, passing then to a Mr Fairweather of Oldstead, near York, remaining in his possession and used only occasionally over the next 39 years. It was rescued for preservation from his barn in 1986 and has remained in private ownership in the York area since that time. Encouraged by the late Bob Currie, former editor of The Classic Motorcycle, it was carefully restored in its war-time battleship grey livery. This highly original machine comes with delightful period accessories, including headlamp mask and tin helmets. As found photographs are on file and a wealth of correspondence from Titch Wilsons pre-war motorcycling mates records many anecdotes involving this machine and its rider.
The bike comes with old style buff log book recording York Corporation Police Department ownership and a Swansea V5 document. It comes also with contemporary parts list and 1937 Road Holder sales catalogue. Presented in full running order, this highly individual machine, together with its impressive history file, is truly of museum quality.
- This machine is not one owner from new as headlined in the catalogue.