1947 Norton 490cc Model 30 International
Registration no. JTU 9
Frame no. 11 11221
Engine no. B11 11221
One of the most charismatic model names in motorcycling history, 'International' was first used by Norton for its top-of-the-range sports roadster in 1932. The Inter's overhead-camshaft engine had been developed in the works racers for the preceding two years, and although it retained the classic 79x100mm bore/stroke dimensions and shaft-and-bevels cam drive of the existing CS1, was entirely new. Based on the works bikes and intended for racing, the International could nevertheless be ordered with refinements such as lights and a kickstart-equipped gearbox. By the time production halted in 1939 it was being built with a four-speed foot-change 'box and plunger rear suspension (the 'Garden Gate' frame), reappearing after the war in similar guise save for the adoption of the hydraulically-damped Roadholder front fork, which replaced the pre-war girder. The Inter remained fundamentally unchanged until 1953 when it gained the Featherbed frame, all-alloy engine and 'laid down' gearbox.
This Norton International was despatched new to dealer Sinster in Macclesfield and sold to its first owner, one J P Griffiths of Alderley, Cheshire. The current owner purchased the machine from a deceased's estate in the UK in February 1991. 'JTU 9' is offered fresh from complete restoration in 2010 by Bruce Rawsthorne and renowned Norton International specialist, Stu Rogers. Presented in beautiful condition, the machine is offered with Norton Owners Club dating letter and HPI check printout. The only notified deviations from factory specification are a Manx twin-leading-shoe front brake and stainless steel fastenings.
- We are pleased to advise that this machine now comes with a V5C.
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