c.1936 Norton 490cc Model 18
Registration no. OSL 339
Frame no. 58498
Engine no. 62253
Newly introduced for the 1923 model year, Norton's sporting Model 18 retained its essentially Vintage characteristics until 1931 when dry-sump lubrication and a rear-mounted magneto were adopted as part of an extensive redesign, the most obvious external alteration in its appearance before then being the adoption of a 'saddle' tank for 1929. There were numerous improvements made to the engine throughout the 1930s including enclosure of the valve gear, while Norton's own four-speed foot-change gearbox replaced the old Sturmey Archer for 1935. Production of an essentially unchanged 1939 model resumed after WW2.
This particular Model 18 was purchased in 2000 by marque specialist Les Belcher, who had completely restored it by October of that same year. The Norton was acquired by the current vendor in 2004 and since then has only been used on Oxford VMCC runs and events, receiving an award in 2011 (certificate on file). Serviced regularly and well looked after, it is described by the vendor as in generally good condition, with everything working, and is currently taxed for the road. Accompanying documentation consists of old/current V5/V5C documents; all MoT certificates confirming 2,843 miles covered since August 2004; a quantity of old tax discs; SORN paperwork; and VMCC dating certificate (noting that the engine dates from 1935). It should be noted that there is no dynamo fitted, the lights being battery powered only.