1957 Norton 350cc Model 50
Lot 263
1957 Norton 350cc Model 50 Frame no. 72217 M13 Engine no. M13 72217
Sold for £2,990 (US$ 4,689) inc. premium

Lot Details
1957 Norton 350cc Model 50 1957 Norton 350cc Model 50 1957 Norton 350cc Model 50 1957 Norton 350cc Model 50
1957 Norton 350cc Model 50
Registration no. FFA 442
Frame no. 72217 M13
Engine no. M13 72217
Introduced in 1933, the single-cylinder Model 50 was Norton's first production overhead-valve machine in the 350 class; the 50 and its twin-port brother, the 55, being junior versions of the 490cc Models 18 and 20 respectively. 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 Model 50 was in a completely dismantled state when purchased by the current owner at Bonhams' Oxford sale in June 2009 (Lot 237). The machine was restored by the vendor in 2010 when work carried out included an engine overhaul, a repaint and replacing various parts deemed beyond repair. Described as in generally excellent condition, with particularly nice brightwork, 'FFA 442' is offered with old-style logbook (1965) and some expired tax discs. No reserve.
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