Property of a deceased's estate
1949 Norton 490cc International Clubman's TT Model
Registration no. KNN 462
Frame no. D11 21819
Engine no. D11 21819
Towards the end of 1930, the Arthur Carroll-designed overhead-camshaft engine was introduced on Norton's CS and CJ road models, and in 1932 these were joined by a new top-of-the-range sports roadster - the 'International' - that bore a closer resemblance to the works racers and was equally at home on the racetrack. Although based on the works racers, the 'Inter' could be ordered with refinements such as lights and a kickstart-equipped gearbox if the customer so desired. By the time production halted in 1939 the Inter was being built with four-speed foot-change gearbox and plunger rear suspension (the so-called '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 model received Norton's race-developed Featherbed frame for 1953, an alloy cylinder barrel/head and the new 'laid down' gearbox being adopted at the same time. Expensive to make and challenged by cheaper parallel twins of comparable performance, the Inter ceased to be catalogued after 1955 but could still be obtained to special order until 1958, many of the later machines incorporating Manx components.
Correspondence on file states that this Clubman's TT model was despatched on 19th May 1949 to M H Mansfield (presumably a dealer) and first registered on 20th June of that same year to one M H Doncaster of Newark, Nottinghamshire. The Norton was acquired by its late owner from Brian Verrall in September 2002, having previously belonged to William and Valerie Cakebread of Ninfield, West Sussex and before them to Edwin Jeffs of Arundel. Last taxed for the road to 31st May 2008, 'KNN 462' will require re-commissioning and the usual safety checks before returning to the road. The machine is offered with old-style continuation logbook (issued 1961), a quantity of expired tax discs, copies of old V5s, Verrall receipts, eight expired MoT certificates dating back to 2000 (most recent expired June 2008) and Swansea V5C document.
- There are two frame numbers evident on this motorcycle, one of which (the lower) appears to be original Norton.