1932 Norton 490cc International Model 30 Frame no. 48879 Engine no. 54851
Lot 290
1932 Norton 490cc International Model 30
Registration no. HTD 147 Frame no. 48879 Engine no. 54851
Sold for £25,300 (US$ 33,817) inc. premium

Lot Details
1932 Norton 490cc International Model 30 Frame no. 48879 Engine no. 54851 1932 Norton 490cc International Model 30 Frame no. 48879 Engine no. 54851 1932 Norton 490cc International Model 30 Frame no. 48879 Engine no. 54851 1932 Norton 490cc International Model 30 Frame no. 48879 Engine no. 54851 1932 Norton 490cc International Model 30 Frame no. 48879 Engine no. 54851 1932 Norton 490cc International Model 30 Frame no. 48879 Engine no. 54851 1932 Norton 490cc International Model 30 Frame no. 48879 Engine no. 54851 1932 Norton 490cc International Model 30 Frame no. 48879 Engine no. 54851 1932 Norton 490cc International Model 30 Frame no. 48879 Engine no. 54851
1932 Norton 490cc International Model 30
Registration no. HTD 147
Frame no. 48879
Engine no. 54851
This Model 30 International had been in the immediately preceding owner's hands for 48 years when it was purchased by the current vendor at Bonhams' Stafford Sale in April 2004 (Lot 254). The Norton Owners' Club has confirmed that it is a 1933 standard model completed in November 1932 and despatched without kick-start (document on file). It was not registered until 1947 and by the time it was registered by the previous owner (in May 1972) had acquired later (circa 1935) hairpin valve springs, check-spring forks, the competition front brake and the 'doll's head' gearbox. Although its early history is unknown, the evidence strongly suggests that the machine was bought solely for competition use and was upgraded in period to maintain its competitiveness. This is exactly as the bike is offered today and the vendor (and a few surprised riders of much more modern machinery) can attest to its impressive performance and remarkable (for a girder/rigid model) roadholding. Unusually, the original factory wheel sizes of 21" front and 20" rear are retained, while the engine and frame are likewise original to this machine.

When the owner purchased the Norton 11 years ago it had not run for many years and was found to have been immobilised by repeated seizures due to a poor-quality engine rebuild. A new oil pump and metering jets, main bearings, re-bore, piston and removal of excess gasket sealant got the engine running as it should, while new tyres and rebuilt wheels and fork/steering dampers restored the handling. Since then the Norton has been used extensively, always starting first or second kick, with general improvements undertaken rather than a comprehensive restoration. Tanks were repainted and the brightwork re-plated in 2010 (including matt chrome to original specification) while other works have seen the rockers restored by Stu Rogers, the rev counter re-calibrated, and new valve springs, new cams, new brake linings, new chains and a new Amal TT carburettor fitted (the original brass-bodied carburettor and a set of rocker seals are included in the sale). The machine is offered with a good history file containing previous-owner correspondence, sundry restoration invoices, an old-style continuation logbook, five MoT certificates (most recent expired April 2012), a V5C registration document and an original maintenance manual.
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