Number ‘001’, 1,500 miles from new,1988 Norton 588cc Classic  Frame no. LE001 Engine no. LE001
Lot 511
Number ‘001’, 1,500 miles from new,1988 Norton 588cc Classic
Registration no. F464 PUU Frame no. LE001 Engine no. LE001
Sold for £ 9,660 (US$ 12,357) inc. premium

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Number ‘001’, 1,500 miles from new,1988 Norton 588cc Classic  Frame no. LE001 Engine no. LE001
Number ‘001’, 1,500 miles from new
1988 Norton 588cc Classic
Registration no. F464 PUU
Frame no. LE001
Engine no. LE001
After a lengthy development programme commenced in the 1970s by Norton-Villiers-Triumph, Norton’s rotary-engined roadster debuted in 1982 as the police-specification Interpol, though it would be 1987 before the motorcycling public got to sample the rotary’s excellent handling and smooth, almost vibration-free engine in the form of the un-faired civilian Classic. The Classic used Norton’s twin-rotor 588cc engine in its original, air-cooled form (the later Commander was water-cooled), coupled to a five-speed gearbox with left-side ‘change. This compact unit was slung beneath a tubular spine frame suspended by Marzocchi at the front and Koni at the rear. Triple disc braking was courtesy of Italian Brembos. With 79bhp on tap, the Classic’s performance was on a par with that of contemporary Japanese 600s: a top speed of 125mph and a standing quarter-mile time of 12-and-a-bit seconds. Conceived as a limited edition model - just 100 examples were made - the Classic is today one of the most collectible of modern Nortons.

Number ’001’ of the 100 built, this Classic was purchased new by the Sunday Times as a competition prize and sold unregistered to the present owner by British Motors, of Park Lane, Mayfair on behalf of the competition winner. The vendor advises us that although machine has covered approximately 1,500 miles from new, it has been run on a regular basis and starts ‘on the button’. In 2002/03 new brake pads were fitted, the originals having deteriorated, and in 2004 the rear brake hose and banjo bolt were replaced because of surface corrosion. Otherwise the machine is as it left the factory. Finished in Norton’s traditional silver/black livery it is offered complete with period dry-charged battery, Mechanical Integrity Certificate (dated 20.5.88) signed by the Managing Director, Engineering Director and Quality Control Manger of Norton Motors, Certificate of Newness, current road fund licence, MoT until October 2006, and Swansea V5 registration document
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