The ex-Johnny Lockett,1936 Norton International 350cc Model 40 to Manx Racing Specification  Frame no. 58360 Engine no. 4119

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Lot 277
The ex-Johnny Lockett,1936 Norton International 350cc Model 40 to Manx Racing Specification
Registration no. CLK 877 Frame no. 58360 Engine no. 4119

Sold for £ 36,700 (US$ 50,183) inc. premium
The ex-Johnny Lockett
1936 Norton International 350cc Model 40 to Manx Racing Specification
Registration no. CLK 877
Frame no. 58360
Engine no. 4119
Gearbox no. 3047

One of the most charismatic model names in motorcycling history, ‘International’ was first used by Norton for its top-of-the-range sports roadster in 1932. The Inter’s Arthur Carroll-designed overhead-camshaft engine had been developed in the works racers for the preceding two years, and although it retained the classic 79x100mm bore/stroke dimensions and shaft-and-bevels cam drive of the existing CS1, was entirely new. Based on the works bikes and intended for racing, the International could nevertheless be ordered with refinements such as lights and a kickstart-equipped gearbox. By the time production halted in 1939 it was being built with a four-speed foot-change ’box and plunger rear suspension (the ‘Garden Gate’ frame), reappearing after the war in similar guise save for the adoption of the hydraulically-damped Roadholder front fork, which replaced the pre-war girder.

This International Norton to ‘Manx Grand Prix’ competition specification was despatched to dealers Taylor Matterson, of Balham on 18th February 1936 and sold to John Lockett on the 22nd of that month. A promising privateer at that time, ‘Johnny’ Lockett enjoyed a career that spanned WW2 and was a member of the Norton works team in the 1940s/50s. Lockett rode this International to wins in the Junior Clubmans GP at Brooklands and also at Donington Park, and in his debut appearance in the Isle of Man, finished 5th on it in the 1936 Junior Manx Grand Prix. The Norton retains its original registration and is accompanied by comprehensive provenance including letters from John Lockett and a photograph of the machine taken on the day he took delivery of it. Additional documentation includes Norton Owners Club and VMCC dating letters, expired MoT (1999-2000) and Swansea V5C.
‘CLK 877’ was purchased by the vendor in 1980 in Cluny, Fife, having been owned prior to that date by Tom Kineer of Knockhill circuit fame. The machine is presented in good condition, the engine and gearbox having been rebuilt in 2001, while other features of interest include scalloped frame lugs, satin nickel oil tank, and magnesium crankcases and cam box.

Most thoroughbred racing motorcycles of great age have endured a hard life of engine blow-ups and crashes, with components replaced on a regular basis to keep them on track. Yet despite the passage of time, this outstanding 1930s racing motorcycle still retains its original engine, gearbox and frame, which together with the correct hubs and tanks, makes it essentially the same as when it left Bracebridge Street more than 70 years ago. It is probably one of the most original Nortons of its type in existence and it is unlikely that there is a better example.
The ex-Johnny Lockett,1936 Norton International 350cc Model 40 to Manx Racing Specification  Frame no. 58360 Engine no. 4119
The ex-Johnny Lockett,1936 Norton International 350cc Model 40 to Manx Racing Specification  Frame no. 58360 Engine no. 4119
The ex-Johnny Lockett,1936 Norton International 350cc Model 40 to Manx Racing Specification  Frame no. 58360 Engine no. 4119
The ex-Johnny Lockett,1936 Norton International 350cc Model 40 to Manx Racing Specification  Frame no. 58360 Engine no. 4119
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