1956 Norton 596cc Dominator 99
Registration no. 220 XUT
Frame no. 14/70576
Engine no. N14 76119
Norton's 500cc twin found a new home in the racing singles' 'Featherbed' duplex frame in November 1951. The newcomer - titled 'Dominator 88' - was the first production Norton roadster to feature the lightweight, race-proven chassis. Updated annually, 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. Introduced for 1956, the 596cc Dominator 99 was outwardly identical to the 88. Endowed with greater power and higher gearing enabling it to top the magic 'ton', the 99 nevertheless retained all the excellent handling and steering characteristics associated with the Featherbed chassis. One of the Rockers' favourites, the 99 remained essentially unchanged - apart from gaining alternator/coil-ignition electrics for 1958 - until dropped in 1962. This Dominator 99 was restored by its owner between 2008 and 2009 in the style of the later 650 SS model. Correct new parts used include the wheels, exhaust pipes, silencers, wiring, seat, handlebar controls and fastenings. In addition, the cycle parts were repainted, the brightwork re-chromed and the fuel tank sealed with an ethanol-safe sealant. Currently taxed, the machine is offered with sundry invoices, VMCC dating certificate and V5C registration document. It should be noted that the engine dates from 1957.
- The Engine number is 76119 N14.