1957 Norton 650cc Model 99 Dominator
Registration no. UNE 935
Frame no. 74215
Engine no. 119697
Introduced for 1956, the 596cc Dominator 99 twin was outwardly identical to its 500cc Dominator 88 brother. Endowed with greater power and higher gearing, which enabled it to top the magic 'ton', the 99 nevertheless retained all the excellent handling and steering characteristics associated with the Featherbed chassis. One of the Rockers' favourites, the 99 remained essentially unchanged - apart from gaining alternator/coil-ignition electrics for 1958 - until dropped in 1962.
This example of one of the post-war era's most capable and sought after road-burners was fitted with the current installed 650SS engine circa 1967 (see accompanying original logbook) and has existed in this improved form for most of its life. Since its restoration's completion in 2002 the Domi has covered approximately 3,500 trouble-free miles, which included a VMCC ride from John O'Groats to Lands End and then back home to Oxford in 2009. The event was run in aid of research into Parkinson's disease, the Domi and its owner raising a magnificent £1,300. In 2010 the Norton toured the Yorkshire Moors and Dales and the vendor says that it has never let him down. Described as in generally good condition, this obviously much loved and well cared for machine is offered with the aforementioned logbook, a quantity of expired MoT certificates, Swansea V5 document and MoT to July 2011. The only notified deviations from factory specification are electronic ignition, 12-volt electrics and 'Goldie' silencers, the latter working, looking and sounding better than the originals.