1961 Norton 600cc Dominator 99SS
Registration no. 529 UPG
Frame no. 97413
Engine no. 97413
Norton's 500 twin appeared in the racing singles' Featherbed frame in November 1951. Initially for export only, the Dominator Model 88 was the first production Norton to feature the lightweight, race-proven chassis. Introduced for 1956, the 596cc 99 was outwardly identical to its smaller brother. Though endowed with greater power and higher gearing which enabled it to top the magic 'ton', the 99 retained all the excellent handling and steering characteristics associated with the Featherbed chassis. In April 1961 high-performance 'SS' versions of both Dommies were announced, incorporating enlarged and polished inlet ports, twin carburettors, the 650 Manxman camshaft and other internal improvements to the engine. Other noteworthy features included a Siamezed exhaust system, ball-ended control levers, a folding kickstart lever and flat handlebars. Although the Dominator 88SS was made until 1966, the 99SS was dropped, together with the 'cooking' 99, after little more than a year, making it one of the rarest of Norton twins. We are advised that the VMCC has confirmed that the Norton factory records list this Dominator 99 as supplied with 'S/Special equipment'. The machine also features the optional rev counter. '529 UPG' has been owned by the vendor's late father since March 1995 (purchase receipt on file) and was last MoT'd and taxed for the road in 2005. Offered with four expired MoTs/tax discs, SORN and old/current Swansea V5/V5C documents, the machine will require re-commissioning before returning to the road.
- The frame number is 14 97413. The engine number is 97413 14.