1937 Norton Model 50 350cc
Frame no. 84075
Engine no. 8563
The Norton Model 50 was introduced in 1933 as a 348cc 'little brother' to the immortal ES2, and was equally as 'easy to' as its larger stablemate, being easy to ride, easy to maintain, and easy to live with. The Model 50 was exceptionally well built in typical Norton fashion, and sharing most components with the ES2 meant nothing could be simpler than keeping a Model 50 on the road. As it shared a chassis with its racing brethren, it also handled every bit as well as a Grand Prix racer. What's not to love? The Model 50 was produced in two periods; in rigid-frame form as seen here, from '33-'39, and postwar in the Featherbed frame from '56-'63, when all single-cylinder Norton production halted, and the era which made Norton famous throughout the world came to a close.
This beautiful 1937 Model 50 is a sterling example of a big British single, once the envy of the world's motorcycle industry, and still an eminently stylish and enjoyable machine. It was purchased from Bill Little Motorcycles in 2008, and had been part of the Geeson brothers' museum collection in the UK for many years. The bike comes with a 'buff' log-book listing owners in the 1950s, plus all import documents, and the English registration number. It was restored by the Geesons themselves, to a very high and accurate standard, and is an excellent opportunity for an enthusiast looking for a painless, easy to maintain, and relatively inexpensive introduction to the charms of pre-war Norton motorcycling.
- Please note that the title for this motorcycle is in transit.