1948 Norton 490cc Model ES2
Lot 634
1948 Norton 490cc Model ES2
Sold for £5,750 (US$ 9,570) inc. premium
Lot Details
1948 Norton 490cc Model ES2
Registration no. HRM 32
Frame no. C417877
Engine no. C417877
Introduced in 1932, Norton’s ES2 had firmly established its credentials in pre-war years. The vertical single cylinder engine shared the same 79 x100mm engine dimensions first used by James Lansdowne Norton as early as 1911. Although considered the workhorse of the Norton range the model would cruise at 70mph and had a top speed approaching 80mph. A former ES2 owner succinctly described the model in the following terms:- “It has all the attributes for serious long distance touring – light enough to be easily manhandled, with performance enough to avoid boredom or frustration, comfort, good road holding, quiet mechanically, straightforward to maintain, good petrol consumption and utter reliability.” This 1948 example, enjoying the benefit of Roadholder forks was first registered in Cumbria and originally ridden with a sidecar. Winner of no less than nine Concours d’Élégance awards, the bike has been restored to show standards, the work including an engine rebuild with new bearings, piston and valves, new chains, the frame, mudguards, tool box, oil tank, chain case all bead blasted and powder coated, chromework including tank re-plated, new wheel rims and spokes fitted along with new tyres. It has been used as a show bike since restoration but is offered with a Swansea registration document, old style log book, current road fund licence and MoT to September 2007.
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