1962 Norton 650SS
Frame no. 10086
Engine no. 10086
"Extremely high maximum speed. Abundant stamina. Pleasant manners. Traditional Norton handling. Full road equipment. Real comfort. That sums up Bracebridge Street's new-for-1962 sporting Dominator 650SS." So said England's well-respected Motor Cycling magazine after riding the new top-of-the-line Norton, and with press like that who needs to advertise?
Norton launched its first 650cc twin, the U.S.-market Manxman, in 1960, responding to requests for more power than the original 500s and 600s could reliably supply. Available in Europe the following year, the Dominator 650 was built in standard, DeLuxe and SS variants, all of which featured a new cylinder head with downdraft inlet ports. With 49 hp on tap, plentiful low-down torque and exemplary handling courtesy of its race-proven Featherbed frame, the 650SS was one of the outstanding sports motorcycles of the 1960s, being more than a match for Triumph's Bonneville in terms of all-round performance. Indeed, in February 1962 Motor Cycling achieved a best one-way speed of 119.5 mph from a 650SS, more than 10mph up on that of the Bonneville tested the previous summer.
This matching-numbers 650SS has been restored to its original specification and breathes through a pair of Amal Monobloc carbs with alloy velocity stacks.
- Please note that the correct frame and engine numbers for this motorcycle are 18100866 and 100866 respectively and its title is in transit.
Please note, that this motorcycle is subject to California Highway Patrol VIN inspection--a simple procedural matter on which the condition or history of the motorcycle has no bearing. Following the auction, this lot will be transported to Los Angeles, at no cost to the buyer, and will be available for collection from Los Angeles on January 14th.