c.1952 Norton 490cc Model 18
Frame no. G3 4464
Engine no. D4 23349
Introduced in 1923, the Model 18 retained its essentially Vintage characteristics until 1931 when the range was extensively redesigned, dry-sump lubrication and rear-mounted magneto being standardised. There were numerous improvements made to the engine throughout the 1930s while Norton's own four-speed foot-change gearbox replaced the old Sturmey Archer in 1935. Production of an essentially unchanged 1939 model resumed after WW2 and then for 1947 the Model 18 was up-dated with Roadholder telescopic forks in common with the rest of the Norton range.
This particular Model 18 is fitted with an ES2 engine dating from 1949. It was extensively refurbished in 2013 when works carried out included a complete engine rebuild; overhaul of the gearbox, magneto and dynamo; rewiring the electrics; and fitting new chains, clutch plates, tyres and tubes. Described as in generally excellent condition, the machine is offered with VMCC dating certificate and some bills. It is not currently registered.
- The Frame number is G344640.