Ex-Buddy Parriot, 1961 and 1962 AFM Camption, 1967 ACA Champion, four owners from new,1959 Manx Norton 500cc Racer Engine no. 11M 97253

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Ex-Buddy Parriot, 1961 and 1962 AFM Camption, 1967 ACA Champion, four owners from new,1959 Manx Norton 500cc Racer
Engine no. 11M 97253

Sold for US$ 46,000 inc. premium
Ex-Buddy Parriot, 1961 and 1962 AFM Camption, 1967 ACA Champion, four owners from new
1959 Manx Norton 500cc Racer
Engine no. 11M 97253
The 350 and 500cc Featherbed-framed Manx Norton was available in strictly limited quantities over a 10-year period, arguably becoming the best-remembered over-the-counter racing motorcycle of all time. Norton produce about 100 hand built examples every year, usually just in time for Isle of Man TT Practise, where they habitually provided most of the entry.

Ridden by the late Buddy Parriot, a former AFM/ACA Champion, this 1959 Norton has a fine race provenance. Several years ago, it was the subject of a comprehensive strip and rebuild by Tony Murphy. Tony confirms he took special care to ensure that the cam timing, porting, and carburetion remained intact, such unique work having originally been undertaken by the legendary, if somewhat secretive, Clarence Czysz, who maintained the bike throughout its successful track life. Now in only its third ownership it is widely believed Buddy himself has been the sole rider to date of this interesting machine on which he gained a superb 6th in Daytona's 1964 US Grand Prix, the first American to gain FIM World Championship points! During the rebuild it was found necessary to source certain new components, including crankcases, from such quality specialists as Andy Molnar, Ken McIntosh, and Summerfield; its trick Fontana front hub has been retained, as has the sneaky 5-speed Schaftleitner gear cluster, which runs through a new belt drive clutch assembly. The engine has an OE connecting rod with R & M big end, in conjunction with a Hepolite piston and hairpin valve springs. The magneto is the original Lucas rotating type. The Norton's third and fourth owners kept the bike on static display in prominent collections worthy of such a piece of American race history!

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Ex-Buddy Parriot, 1961 and 1962 AFM Camption, 1967 ACA Champion, four owners from new,1959 Manx Norton 500cc Racer Engine no. 11M 97253
Ex-Buddy Parriot, 1961 and 1962 AFM Camption, 1967 ACA Champion, four owners from new,1959 Manx Norton 500cc Racer Engine no. 11M 97253
Ex-Buddy Parriot, 1961 and 1962 AFM Camption, 1967 ACA Champion, four owners from new,1959 Manx Norton 500cc Racer Engine no. 11M 97253
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