1937 Norton 490cc CS1 Frame no. 8585 Engine no. 82103

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Lot 327
1937 Norton 490cc CS1
Registration no. ERA 901 Frame no. 8585 Engine no. 82103

Sold for £ 9,200 (US$ 12,814) inc. premium
1937 Norton 490cc CS1
Registration no. ERA 901
Frame no. 8585
Engine no. 82103
Norton burst onto the motorcycling scene in 1907 with a victory in the twin-cylinder class of the inaugural Isle of Man Tourist Trophy. Rem Fowler was the privateer rider on the Norton mount which was powered by a Peugeot v-twin engine. Despite having produced very few motorcycles prior to that time, the victory proved to be a pivotal moment in the company's history. This success spurred James Norton on to improve and expand motorcycle production and, whilst a second TT success would not follow until 1924, the die was cast, and the future for Norton was onward and upward. There followed, throughout the teens, twenties and thirties, a succession of sporting machinery leaving Bracebridge Street, in addition to more workaday mounts. The jewel in the crown of the Norton range was the CS1, their first overhead camshaft model, introduced for the 1928 season, which remained in the range until the outbreak of war in 1939.

ERA 901 was found in 2012 by the vendor's son who was working on a large Victorian house in Yorkshire. Engaged in conversation by the owner, the topic of discussion soon turned to motorcycles and, after an invitation to the shed to look at some parts, the son spotted the dismantled components of the Norton. It transpired that the householder had acquired the machine in 1960 intending to restore it, but had never progressed and was willing to sell. A telephone call to his Father found a willing enthusiast, and a deal was struck. The vendor stripped the machine properly and repainted the cycle parts. The top end of the engine was stripped and rebuilt, the bottom end checked and found to be good. The gearbox was also in good working order. All brightwork was re-chromed, a new silencer fitted, wheels were rebuilt with new rims and spokes, new tyres and tubes were fitted, the magneto reconditioned, a new float chamber fitted and the whole bike thoroughly checked, and any problems found being rectified.

An extract from the factory records supplied by the Norton Owners Club confirms the date of despatch as 25th November 1937, effectively making it a 1938 model, and indicating that it was supplied to Hooleys of Nottingham for a customer in Derbyshire.

Accompanying paperwork comprises a current V5C document, the aforementioned NOC dating letter, two old road tax discs and sundry invoices / receipts related to the restoration work. Since completion, ERA 901 has been ridden by the owner on a few occasions, but not used on the road. Before taking to the road the successful bidder should carry out basic safety checks.

Saleroom notices

  • The frame number is 85850.
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1937 Norton 490cc CS1 Frame no. 8585 Engine no. 82103
1937 Norton 490cc CS1 Frame no. 8585 Engine no. 82103
1937 Norton 490cc CS1 Frame no. 8585 Engine no. 82103
1937 Norton 490cc CS1 Frame no. 8585 Engine no. 82103
1937 Norton 490cc CS1 Frame no. 8585 Engine no. 82103
1937 Norton 490cc CS1 Frame no. 8585 Engine no. 82103
1937 Norton 490cc CS1 Frame no. 8585 Engine no. 82103
1937 Norton 490cc CS1 Frame no. 8585 Engine no. 82103
1937 Norton 490cc CS1 Frame no. 8585 Engine no. 82103
1937 Norton 490cc CS1 Frame no. 8585 Engine no. 82103
1937 Norton 490cc CS1 Frame no. 8585 Engine no. 82103
1937 Norton 490cc CS1 Frame no. 8585 Engine no. 82103
1937 Norton 490cc CS1 Frame no. 8585 Engine no. 82103
1937 Norton 490cc CS1 Frame no. 8585 Engine no. 82103
1937 Norton 490cc CS1 Frame no. 8585 Engine no. 82103
1937 Norton 490cc CS1 Frame no. 8585 Engine no. 82103
1937 Norton 490cc CS1 Frame no. 8585 Engine no. 82103
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