1953/1958 Norton 350cc ES2/Model 50
Registration no. 763 XUX
Frame no. H4 51066
Engine no. 76770 N13
Introduced in 1933, the single-cylinder Model 50 was Norton's first production overhead-valve machine in the 350 class. Norton's sporting 350 single was built in several versions and continuously developed during a production run lasting until 1963, post-war innovations including the adoption of the AMC gearbox in 1956 and a switch to superior alternator electrics and the peerless 'Featherbed' frame for 1959. This handsome Norton was purchased by the vendor approximately two years ago as a non-runner in need of attention. The Model 50 350cc engine, together with many of the cycle parts, dates from 1958 while the frame is from an ES2 of 1953 vintage. It is believed that at some time a 1958 machine had its frame changed for the earlier one. Following acquisition, the vendor fitted new fork stanchions and seals, handlebars, levers, cables, brake shoes, a complete Armours exhaust system and various other parts. In addition, the wheels were rebuilt with new stainless steel rims and spokes, and the electrics rewired. However, the owner has been unable to get the Norton running and now wishes to start other projects, hence the decision to sell. Although a hybrid, the Norton is nevertheless very attractive and, with the input of a new owner, will no doubt become an enjoyable and practical mount. Sold strictly as viewed, the machine comes with dating certificate, two expired MoT certificates, SORN and Swansea V5C document.