Bonhams : 1933 Norton 490cc Model 30 International Frame no. 47075 Engine no. 55305 (see text)
1933 Norton 490cc Model 30 International Frame no. 47075 Engine no. 55305 (see text)

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Lot 650
1933 Norton 490cc Model 30 International
Registration no. TJ 2564 Frame no. 47075 Engine no. 55305 (see text)

Sold for £ 20,470 (US$ 25,664) inc. premium
1933 Norton 490cc Model 30 International
Registration no. TJ 2564
Frame no. 47075
Engine no. 55305 (see text)
One of the most charismatic model names in the history of motorcycling, 'International' was first used by Norton for its top-of-the-range sports roadster in 1932.

The Inter's Arthur Carroll-designed overhead-camshaft engine had been developed in the works racers for the preceding two years, and although it retained the classic 79x 100mm bore/stroke dimensions and shaft-and-bevels cam drive of the existing CS1, was entirely new. Based on the factory bikes and intended for racing, the International could nevertheless be ordered with refinements such as lights and a kickstart-equipped gearbox.

This example of the 490cc Model 30 International was restored by respected marque authority, the late George Cohen, who confirmed that fact in conversation with the current owner in 2015. There is also a DVD on file showing the Norton undergoing restoration in George's workshop. Since then the magneto has been recondition (by R T Holder in 2015). The machine was last run in 2017 and should only require minimal re-commissioning before returning to the road. Accompanying documentation includes an old-style buff continuation logbook (issued 1949) an old-style V5, and a V5C Registration Certificate. It should be noted these documents show that the engine was changed from '55341' to '55301'. However, the current engine, '55305', is so close to the second in number that the latter may been thus recorded as a clerical error.

Footnotes

  • As with all Lots in the Sale, this Lot is sold 'as is/where is' and Bidders must satisfy themselves as to the provenance, condition, age, completeness and originality prior to bidding.

Saleroom notices

  • The frame number is 30-47075.
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1933 Norton 490cc Model 30 International Frame no. 47075 Engine no. 55305 (see text)
1933 Norton 490cc Model 30 International Frame no. 47075 Engine no. 55305 (see text)
1933 Norton 490cc Model 30 International Frame no. 47075 Engine no. 55305 (see text)
1933 Norton 490cc Model 30 International Frame no. 47075 Engine no. 55305 (see text)
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