1932 Norton 490cc Model 18 Frame no. 47313 Engine no. 53897

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Lot 322
1932 Norton 490cc Model 18
Registration no. FV 2952 Frame no. 47313 Engine no. 53897

Sold for £ 9,200 (US$ 12,814) inc. premium
1932 Norton 490cc Model 18
Registration no. FV 2952
Frame no. 47313
Engine no. 53897
Like the majority of its contemporaries, Norton relied on the sidevalve engine until the 1920s when the existing and well-tried 490cc unit was used as the basis for the firm's first overhead-valve design. After debuting on the racetrack, a road-going version - the Model 18 - was catalogued for 1923, quickly establishing a reputation for both speed and reliability. The Model 18 retained its essentially Vintage characteristics until 1931 when the range was extensively redesigned, dry-sump lubrication and rear-mounted magneto being standardised. There were numerous improvements made to the engine throughout the 1930s while Norton's own four-speed foot-change gearbox replaced the old Sturmey Archer in 1935. Production of an essentially unchanged 1939 model resumed after WW2 and then for 1947 the Model 18 was up-dated with Roadholder telescopic forks in common with the rest of the Norton range.
A 'basket case' when acquired, this pre-war Model 18 was restored by its owner in 2003/2004 and after completion featured on the front cover of the VMCC's magazine (October 2004 edition). Described as in generally good condition, this well restored machine is offered with an old-style continuation logbook (1945), sundry bills, a selection of restoration photographs, some expired MoTs, old/current V5C registration documents, an original instruction manual, and a quantity of photocopied technical literature.
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1932 Norton 490cc Model 18 Frame no. 47313 Engine no. 53897
1932 Norton 490cc Model 18 Frame no. 47313 Engine no. 53897
1932 Norton 490cc Model 18 Frame no. 47313 Engine no. 53897
1932 Norton 490cc Model 18 Frame no. 47313 Engine no. 53897
1932 Norton 490cc Model 18 Frame no. 47313 Engine no. 53897
1932 Norton 490cc Model 18 Frame no. 47313 Engine no. 53897
1932 Norton 490cc Model 18 Frame no. 47313 Engine no. 53897
1932 Norton 490cc Model 18 Frame no. 47313 Engine no. 53897
1932 Norton 490cc Model 18 Frame no. 47313 Engine no. 53897
1932 Norton 490cc Model 18 Frame no. 47313 Engine no. 53897
1932 Norton 490cc Model 18 Frame no. 47313 Engine no. 53897
1932 Norton 490cc Model 18 Frame no. 47313 Engine no. 53897
1932 Norton 490cc Model 18 Frame no. 47313 Engine no. 53897
1932 Norton 490cc Model 18 Frame no. 47313 Engine no. 53897
1932 Norton 490cc Model 18 Frame no. 47313 Engine no. 53897
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