Multiple concours winning, 1968 Nor-BSA 750cc Café Racer Frame no. R122 79180 Engine no. WELLY65

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Multiple concours winning, 1968 Nor-BSA 750cc Café Racer
Registration no. TGY 79F Frame no. R122 79180 Engine no. WELLY65

Sold for £ 10,925 (US$ 14,267) inc. premium
Multiple concours winning
1968 Nor-BSA 750cc Café Racer
Registration no. TGY 79F
Frame no. R122 79180
Engine no. WELLY65
Developed from a design by Rex McCandless and first used by Norton on the works single-cylinder racers in 1950, when Geoff Duke rode it to a debut race victory at Blandford, the legendary 'Featherbed' frame has long been the special-builders' favourite. McCandless's design was way ahead of its time, and of the opposition, enabling Norton to maintain the competitiveness of their singles in the face of the growing challenge from foreign multis. New standards of steering, roadholding and comfort were set by the new frame, which was immediately dubbed 'Featherbed' by Norton works star Harold Daniell. Although designed with a single-cylinder engine in mind, the generously proportioned Featherbed would in time prove capable of accommodating a wide variety of different power units: twins, triples, fours and v-twins, all could be made to fit with a little ingenuity.

There have been several constructed with the BSA-Triumph triple engine, such as that offered here, which was purchased from Ace Classics by the vendors' wife in 2004 as a present for him. Registered, for reasons unknown, as a Triton, the machine was in a sorry state when acquired and work on its 'last nut and bolt' restoration started immediately. The extent and thoroughness of the rebuild may be gauged from the numerous invoices on file from specialists such as Triple Cycles, who were entrusted with the engine overhaul. Since completion, this stunning Nor-BSA has covered only 1,284 miles and won concours awards at Copdock ('Best Café Racer' and 'Best British'); Battlesbridge ('Best Special'); Beezumph Rally ('Best Triple', 'Rallyists' Choice', 'Best in Competition' and 'Best Rocket III'); Museum of Power ('Best in Competition') and The Bristol Classic Motorcycle Show ('Best Non-Standard'). It has also featured on the front cover of the TR3OC's excellent 'Triple Echo' magazine. A magnificent and unique motorcycle that makes an amazing noise, this award-winning special is presented in concours condition and offered with the aforementioned restoration invoices, a quantity of old MoTs, old V5 (photocopy), V5C and current MoT. The aforementioned concours awards are included in the sale also.

Saleroom notices

  • The last digit of the Frame number is not visible and part reads R1227918_.
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Multiple concours winning, 1968 Nor-BSA 750cc Café Racer Frame no. R122 79180 Engine no. WELLY65
Multiple concours winning, 1968 Nor-BSA 750cc Café Racer Frame no. R122 79180 Engine no. WELLY65
Multiple concours winning, 1968 Nor-BSA 750cc Café Racer Frame no. R122 79180 Engine no. WELLY65
Multiple concours winning, 1968 Nor-BSA 750cc Café Racer Frame no. R122 79180 Engine no. WELLY65
Multiple concours winning, 1968 Nor-BSA 750cc Café Racer Frame no. R122 79180 Engine no. WELLY65
Multiple concours winning, 1968 Nor-BSA 750cc Café Racer Frame no. R122 79180 Engine no. WELLY65
Multiple concours winning, 1968 Nor-BSA 750cc Café Racer Frame no. R122 79180 Engine no. WELLY65
Multiple concours winning, 1968 Nor-BSA 750cc Café Racer Frame no. R122 79180 Engine no. WELLY65
Multiple concours winning, 1968 Nor-BSA 750cc Café Racer Frame no. R122 79180 Engine no. WELLY65
Multiple concours winning, 1968 Nor-BSA 750cc Café Racer Frame no. R122 79180 Engine no. WELLY65
Multiple concours winning, 1968 Nor-BSA 750cc Café Racer Frame no. R122 79180 Engine no. WELLY65
Multiple concours winning, 1968 Nor-BSA 750cc Café Racer Frame no. R122 79180 Engine no. WELLY65
Multiple concours winning, 1968 Nor-BSA 750cc Café Racer Frame no. R122 79180 Engine no. WELLY65
Multiple concours winning, 1968 Nor-BSA 750cc Café Racer Frame no. R122 79180 Engine no. WELLY65
Multiple concours winning, 1968 Nor-BSA 750cc Café Racer Frame no. R122 79180 Engine no. WELLY65
Multiple concours winning, 1968 Nor-BSA 750cc Café Racer Frame no. R122 79180 Engine no. WELLY65
Multiple concours winning, 1968 Nor-BSA 750cc Café Racer Frame no. R122 79180 Engine no. WELLY65
Multiple concours winning, 1968 Nor-BSA 750cc Café Racer Frame no. R122 79180 Engine no. WELLY65
Multiple concours winning, 1968 Nor-BSA 750cc Café Racer Frame no. R122 79180 Engine no. WELLY65
Multiple concours winning, 1968 Nor-BSA 750cc Café Racer Frame no. R122 79180 Engine no. WELLY65
Multiple concours winning, 1968 Nor-BSA 750cc Café Racer Frame no. R122 79180 Engine no. WELLY65
Multiple concours winning, 1968 Nor-BSA 750cc Café Racer Frame no. R122 79180 Engine no. WELLY65
Multiple concours winning, 1968 Nor-BSA 750cc Café Racer Frame no. R122 79180 Engine no. WELLY65
Multiple concours winning, 1968 Nor-BSA 750cc Café Racer Frame no. R122 79180 Engine no. WELLY65
Multiple concours winning, 1968 Nor-BSA 750cc Café Racer Frame no. R122 79180 Engine no. WELLY65
Multiple concours winning, 1968 Nor-BSA 750cc Café Racer Frame no. R122 79180 Engine no. WELLY65
Multiple concours winning, 1968 Nor-BSA 750cc Café Racer Frame no. R122 79180 Engine no. WELLY65
Multiple concours winning, 1968 Nor-BSA 750cc Café Racer Frame no. R122 79180 Engine no. WELLY65
Multiple concours winning, 1968 Nor-BSA 750cc Café Racer Frame no. R122 79180 Engine no. WELLY65
Multiple concours winning, 1968 Nor-BSA 750cc Café Racer Frame no. R122 79180 Engine no. WELLY65
Multiple concours winning, 1968 Nor-BSA 750cc Café Racer Frame no. R122 79180 Engine no. WELLY65
Multiple concours winning, 1968 Nor-BSA 750cc Café Racer Frame no. R122 79180 Engine no. WELLY65
Multiple concours winning, 1968 Nor-BSA 750cc Café Racer Frame no. R122 79180 Engine no. WELLY65
Multiple concours winning, 1968 Nor-BSA 750cc Café Racer Frame no. R122 79180 Engine no. WELLY65
Multiple concours winning, 1968 Nor-BSA 750cc Café Racer Frame no. R122 79180 Engine no. WELLY65
Multiple concours winning, 1968 Nor-BSA 750cc Café Racer Frame no. R122 79180 Engine no. WELLY65
Multiple concours winning, 1968 Nor-BSA 750cc Café Racer Frame no. R122 79180 Engine no. WELLY65
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