Cammy racer for the road,1950 Norton International Frame no. F1135407 Engine no. F1135407

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Cammy racer for the road,1950 Norton International
Frame no. F1135407 Engine no. F1135407

US$ 40,000 - 45,000
£ 30,000 - 34,000
Cammy racer for the road
1950 Norton International
Frame no. F1135407
Engine no. F1135407
Today's repli-racer sportbikes have nothing on the Norton International. At its debut in 1932, the track-only "Inter" had no lights or other street provisions. In fact, where a battery might be on a road bike there was a huge wraparound oil tank with a spigot-type filler. The single-cylinder motor, in either 350 or 500cc displacements, was a potent-looking piece, an overhead-cam design with a bevel-drive tower scaling the right side of the cylinder. Exposed hairpin valve springs came later and added to the effect. Savvy street riders wanted the "Cammy" Norton's power, its close-ratio four-speed gearbox, its large-capacity fuel tank and its undeniable panache. Conveniently, the bike could be ordered with a magdyno and a kickstart gearbox; hang some lights on it and you had a B-road blaster that few could keep up with.

Production was interrupted in 1939 by the start of World War II, by which time the International had acquired Norton's plunger-type "Garden Gate" frame. When hostilities ended and assembly lines started rolling once again, the bike had gained Norton's vaunted Roadholder hydraulically damped front fork and a factory-installed charging/lighting setup. The legendary Manx would take care of Norton's fortunes on the racetrack, and quite nicely too.

As exemplified by this 500cc 1951 model (titled as a 1950) with its all-alloy engine, the International was one of Britain's most handsome street Singles, every proportion spot-on. This bike was treated to a 1999 restoration of very high standard, at which time it was judged Best Norton at the prestigious Clubmans Show in San Jose, California. It has been ridden just 759 miles since the rebuild.
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Cammy racer for the road,1950 Norton International Frame no. F1135407 Engine no. F1135407
Cammy racer for the road,1950 Norton International Frame no. F1135407 Engine no. F1135407
Cammy racer for the road,1950 Norton International Frame no. F1135407 Engine no. F1135407
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