1955 Norton 500cc Dominator 88
Registration no. TFO 836
Frame no. 61825
Engine no. 60945
Designed by the legendary Bert Hopwood and introduced in 1948, Norton's 500cc twin-cylinder engine appeared in the racing singles' 'Featherbed' duplex frame in November 1951, having debuted in the cradle-framed Model 7. Initially for export only, the newcomer - titled 'Dominator 88' - was the first production Norton roadster to feature the lightweight, race-proven chassis. Updated year by year, by the decade's end the Dominator had received an alloy cylinder head, full-width hubs, welded rear sub-frame, alternator electrics, coil ignition and - for 1960 - the narrower 'slimline' Featherbed frame among countless other improvements. Motor Cycle magazine clocked 92mph on an '88' in 1957 and, needless to say, the handling and roadholding were found to be first class. This example was purchased by its current owner in November 2004 and subsequently restored to a high standard. Used sparingly, it has been kept in a dry garage and is described by the vendor as in generally very good condition. The machine is offered with V5C registration document and is currently SORN'd. It should be noted that the frame and engine numbers do not match, though both components were produced for the 1955 model year.
- The Frame number prefix is K122. The Engine number suffix is K122. The machine is fitted with a precautionary electronic cut-off switch, linked to the oil tap. The original battery is fitted and is not suitable for road use, taking very little charge.