1959 Norton 497cc Dominator 88
Registration no. 619 GKL
Frame no. P122 82599
Engine no. P122 82599
Norton jumped aboard the vertical-twin bandwagon in 1948 when it introduced the Model 7. Designed by the legendary Bert Hopwood, the new 500cc engine went into the existing ES2 plunger-frame/tele-fork cycle parts, a marriage that necessitated a redesign of Norton's well-proven four-speed gearbox. In November 1951 Norton's 500cc twin found a new home in the racing singles' 'Featherbed' duplex frame. Initially for export only, the newcomer - titled 'Dominator 88' - was the first production Norton roadster to feature the lightweight, race-proven chassis. Updated year by year, the Dominator had received an alloy cylinder head, full-width hubs, welded rear subframe, alternator electrics and coil ignition by the decade's end and - for 1960 - the narrower 'slimline' Featherbed frame among countless other improvements. Motor Cycle magazine clocked 92mph on an '88' in 1957 and, needless to say, the handling and roadholding were found to be first class. The current (second) owner acquired this Dominator 88 in 1968 and used it as ride-to-work transport for the next 2-3 years. '619 GKL' was then garaged and not touched again until its restoration commenced in 1995, and on completion in 1998 was reregistered with its original number. Works undertaken include a repaint, powder coating the frame, re-chroming the mudguards and stays, and rebuilding the wheels with stainless rims and spokes. Taxed and MoT'd from 1998 onwards but little used since the rebuild's completion, the machine is described as in generally good condition and offered with expired MoT certificates, Swansea V5C document and current MoT/tax.
- The engine number on this lot is 82599 122P. This is a matching numbers motorcycle.