1949 Norton 490cc Model 30 International Clubman's TT Model Frame no. D11-21813 Engine no. D11-21813
Lot 257
1949 Norton 490cc Model 30 International Clubman's TT Model Frame no. D11-21813 Engine no. D11-21813
Sold for £20,470 (US$ 34,071) inc. premium
Lot Details
1949 Norton 490cc Model 30 International Clubman's TT Model
Registration no. CHL 134
Frame no. D11-21813
Engine no. D11-21813
This matching-numbers International comes with Norton Owners Club copy factory record stating that it was built as a Clubman's TT Model and despatched on 19th May 1949 to dealer D Parkinson of Wakefield. The latter was none other than Denis Parkinson, winner of five Manx Grands Prix between 1937 and 1952 for Excelsior and Norton. Factories routinely lavished a great deal of extra care on machines intended for the Clubman's TT, which were allocated to approved dealers such as Denis Parkinson, and this particular International is one of a batch of 12 made during 1949 that included Geoff Duke's Senior Clubman's TT-winning machine.

The Inter was sold to its first owner, T Moore of Castleford on 25th May 1949 but nothing else is known of the Norton's early history prior to the issue of a duplicate logbook in October 1953 (copy on file) by which time it was owned by one Ewald Feldhaus of Leeds. The logbook records four owners in total (all in Yorkshire) the last of whom, James Michael Paley of Yeadon, Leeds, acquired 'CHL 134' in 1959.

The Inter had been off the road in storage for a lengthy period of time when it was acquired a few years ago by the current vendor. At time of acquisition, the bike had clip-on handlebars, an open megaphone 'silencer' and no lights, suggesting that it last saw action on the racetrack. A full concours-standard restoration was undertaken over the next two-and-a-half years. All painted parts were stove-enamelled; all brightwork re-chromed (both dull and bright); every bearing except the big-end replaced; the cylinder re-bored; and new piston rings, gudgeon pin, valves, springs and guides installed. All handlebar controls are original and restored, as are the speedometer, rev counter and magdyno, while all cables were remade using the original nipples. Other parts renewed include the brake linings and rear sprocket. The only notified deviations from factory specification are a 19" rear wheel rim and taper-roller steering head bearings.

We are advised that the Inter has been started a few times since the restoration's completion earlier this year but has not been road tested, so some final tuning and running-in will be required. Offered with sundry invoices and Swansea V5C document, 'CHL 134' represents a rare opportunity to acquire a Norton International in its ultimate, Clubman's TT specification, fresh from restoration and ready to enjoy.
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