1956 Norton 596cc Dominator 99  Frame no. L14 69066 Engine no. L14 69066

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Lot 263
1956 Norton 596cc Dominator 99
Registration no. NVA 675 Frame no. L14 69066 Engine no. L14 69066

Sold for £ 6,325 (US$ 8,278) inc. premium
1956 Norton 596cc Dominator 99
Registration no. NVA 675
Frame no. L14 69066
Engine no. L14 69066
Norton jumped aboard the vertical-twin bandwagon in 1948 when it introduced the Model 7. Designed by the legendary Bert Hopwood, the new 500cc engine went into the existing ES2 plunger-frame/tele-fork cycle parts, a marriage that necessitated a redesign of Norton’s well-proven four-speed gearbox.

Norton’s 500cc twin found a new home in the racing singles’ ‘Featherbed’ duplex frame in November 1951. Initially for export only, the newcomer - titled ‘Dominator 88’ - was the first production Norton roadster to feature the lightweight, race-proven chassis. Updated year by year, by the decade’s end the Dominator had received an alloy cylinder head, full-width hubs, welded rear subframe, alternator electrics, coil ignition and - for 1960 - the narrower ‘slimline’ Featherbed frame among countless other improvements.

Introduced for 1956, the 596cc Dominator 99 twin was outwardly identical to its 500cc Dominator 88 brother. Endowed with greater power and higher gearing which enabled 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 example of one of the post-war era’s most capable and sought after road-burners formed part of the Paterson Collection in Lauder, Scotland from 1987 until it was purchased by Brian Verrall in March 2004. The ‘Domi’ carries a road fund licence dated November 1987 and comes with a quantity of other old tax discs dating from the 1980s and an MoT certificate that expired in June 1988, indicating that it was last used on the road some 20-or-so years ago. Offered with Swansea V5C and (copy) old V5 documents, the machine will probably require a certain amount of re-commissioning before returning to the road as a result of such a lengthy period out of service.
1956 Norton 596cc Dominator 99  Frame no. L14 69066 Engine no. L14 69066
1956 Norton 596cc Dominator 99  Frame no. L14 69066 Engine no. L14 69066
1956 Norton 596cc Dominator 99  Frame no. L14 69066 Engine no. L14 69066
1956 Norton 596cc Dominator 99  Frame no. L14 69066 Engine no. L14 69066
1956 Norton 596cc Dominator 99  Frame no. L14 69066 Engine no. L14 69066
1956 Norton 596cc Dominator 99  Frame no. L14 69066 Engine no. L14 69066
1956 Norton 596cc Dominator 99  Frame no. L14 69066 Engine no. L14 69066
1956 Norton 596cc Dominator 99  Frame no. L14 69066 Engine no. L14 69066
1956 Norton 596cc Dominator 99  Frame no. L14 69066 Engine no. L14 69066
1956 Norton 596cc Dominator 99  Frame no. L14 69066 Engine no. L14 69066
1956 Norton 596cc Dominator 99  Frame no. L14 69066 Engine no. L14 69066
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