1957 Norton 596cc Dominator 99
Registration no. LDB 669
Frame no. 71987 M14
Engine no. 71987 M14
Norton's 500cc twin found a new home in the racing singles' 'Featherbed' duplex frame in November 1951. The newcomer - titled 'Dominator 88' - was the first production Norton roadster to feature the lightweight, race-proven chassis. Updated annually, by the decade's end the Dominator had received an alloy cylinder head, full-width hubs, welded rear subframe, alternator electrics, coil ignition and - for 1960 - the narrower 'slimline' Featherbed frame among countless other improvements. Introduced for 1956, the 596cc Dominator 99 was outwardly identical to the 88. Endowed with greater power and higher gearing enabling 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 Dominator 99 was inherited by the vendor from his brother. Last used in May 2012, the machine is described as in generally good condition and offered with road fund license to April 2014 and Swansea V5C registration document. Belt primary drive and a diaphragm clutch are the only notified deviations from factory specification.
- The frame number on this lot is M7198M14, the engine number is 71987N14SS.