c.1951 Norton 490cc ‘500T’ Trials Replica  Frame no. B312201 Engine no. B312201

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Lot 361
c.1951 Norton 490cc ‘500T’ Trials Replica
Registration no. MSL 249 Frame no. B312201 Engine no. B312201

Sold for £ 3,105 (US$ 3,888) inc. premium
c.1951 Norton 490cc ‘500T’ Trials Replica
Registration no. MSL 249
Frame no. B312201
Engine no. B312201
Norton’s post-WW2 trials campaign got off to a false start in 1947, the combination of the iron-barrelled Model 18 engine in a Roadholder-forked WD 16H frame resulting in a machine too long, too heavy and possessing insufficient ground clearance to be competitive. A season of extensive modification and experimentation resulted in the appearance late in 1948 of an entirely different machine - the legendary 500T. Shortened rear frame stays and a modified lower fork yoke reduced the wheelbase to a more-manageable 53”, while an alloy cylinder head and barrel helped reduce weight to around 300 pounds. Numerous works and privateer competition successes soon confirmed that Norton had produced a machine as good as, if not better than, any other rigid-framed trials iron.
The vendor describes this restored machine as, “made up from parts” and reports that it is in good condition and believed to be a runner.

Saleroom notices

  • This machine has been constructed using a 1947 Norton Model 18 frame and a 1951 Norton 500T Engine.
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