1960 Norton 498cc ES2/Model 77 Café Racer
Registration no. TCO 735
Frame no. R4 88608
Engine no. 15M 75113
Developed from a design by Rex McCandless and first used by Norton on the works single-cylinder racers in 1950, when Geoff Duke rode it to a debut race victory at Blandford, the legendary 'Featherbed' frame has long been the special-builders' favourite. Introduced on Norton's twin-cylinder Model 88 roadster for 1952, it was also used for the single-cylinder range, being adopted by the International from '53 and the ES2 and Model 50 sports models from 1959. The 'all-Norton' Featherbed special offered here consists of an ES2 frame and a Model 77 twin-cylinder engine. Kept in dry storage for several years, the machine will require re-commissioning before further use and is sold strictly as viewed. Accompanying documentation consists of an old-style continuation logbook and old-style V5. It should be noted that the latter does not record the current engine number. No reserve.
- Please note the back of crankcase is stamped '99 4287'. It is therefore likely the engine is a 600cc Model 99 and not a 77. The frame number is 4 88608. There is also a typographical error on the V5 which, for the frame number, reads 88609.