1933 Norton 500cc Model 30 International Frame no. 49305 Engine no. 54858

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Lot 442
1933 Norton 500cc Model 30 International
Frame no. 49305 Engine no. 54858

£ 15,000 - 17,000
US$ 21,000 - 23,000
1933 Norton 500cc Model 30 International
Frame no. 49305
Engine no. 54858
The 1930 Norton model range introduced two new OHC engines, with the 500 at 79 x 100mm bore and stroke and a 350 Junior version at 71 x 88 mm. They were designated the CS1 and CJ. Using the old ‘three stay’ frame and three speed Sturmey Archer gearbox the new models were yet to be fully ‘tweaked’ and their victories that season were few and far between. By 1931 Norton had ironed out the problems of the previous year and the ‘Cammy’ Nortons swept the board, with Tim Hunt taking the first ever ‘double’ at the TT races with a first in both the Senior and Junior races. With riders of the calibre of Hunt, Stanley Woods, Jimmie Simpson and Jimmie Guthrie, the Norton race machines won practically every TT and continental race during the early 1930s. And when the likes of ‘Crasher’ White, Freddie Frith and Harold Daniells joined the team, Norton continued to dominate the world of motorcycle racing during the decade. In 1932, the 500cc International, as it was now called, was given the Model number ‘30’ and the 350 junior was designated the Model 40. In keeping with Norton’s dictum of “we only race standard products”, the machines available to the public were very similar to the works machines and many ‘privateers’ enjoyed racing their ‘Inters’ at numerous race meetings all over the world.

The Norton factory records show that this machine was despatched to Kelly’s of Dublin on the 24th February 1933 and then subsequently sold to a Mr. J. Goodman on the 3rd March. The machine has lost it’s original engine, but this has been replaced by engine number 54858 which, by great coincidence, was originally in a bike despatched to Comerfords on the same date - 3rd March 1933! So although not a ‘matching numbers’ machine, the replacement engine is from exactly the same batch. It is believed to have been raced during the 1930s in Irish road races, but unfortunately the previous owner discarded all documentation.

The vendor has owned this machine for 15 years and has had the engine totally rebuilt by renowned Norton cam shaft expert, Geoff Bain. It has been used mainly for sprinting and only occasionally on the public roads. It is being sold with a new MOT and tax and ready to use. With the engine running on Castrol ‘R’, the heady aroma of the castor bean, the unmistakable sound of a ‘Cammy’ exhaust and superb performance will give both the new owner and spectator broad grins. This mount will always pull a crowd of interested observers and is a rare opportunity to acquire one of the finest sporting motorcycles from the 30s.
1933 Norton 500cc Model 30 International Frame no. 49305 Engine no. 54858
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