1985 Norton 588cc Interpol/Classic
Registration no. C674 GOJ
Frame no. 3184
Engine no. 3184
After a lengthy development programme commenced in the 1970s by Norton-Villiers-Triumph, Norton's rotary-engined roadster debuted in 1982 as the police-specification Interpol, though it would be 1987 before the motorcycling public got to sample the rotary's excellent handling and smooth, almost vibration-free engine in the form of the un-faired civilian Classic. The Classic used Norton's twin-rotor 588cc engine in its original, air-cooled form (the later Commander was water-cooled), coupled to a five-speed gearbox with left-side 'change. This compact unit was slung beneath a tubular spine frame suspended by Marzocchi at the front and Koni at the rear. Triple disc braking was courtesy of Italian Brembos. With 79bhp on tap, the Classic's performance was on a par with that of contemporary Japanese 600s: a top speed of 125mph and a standing quarter-mile time of 12-and-a-bit seconds being easily achievable. Conceived as a limited edition model - only 100 examples were made - the Classic is today one of the most collectible of modern Nortons.
A converted Interpol, 'C674 GOJ' was purchased by the current vendor in November 1985. The machine is offered with Swansea V5 document, three old MoTs (most recent expired September 1995) and sundry invoices, one of which is for a gearbox rebuild carried out in June 1993.