Ex-Ray Petty, 1962 Norton Manx 40 Frame no. 10M 102738 Engine no. 11M2 102738

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Lot 149
Ex-Ray Petty, 1962 Norton Manx 40
Frame no. 10M 102738
Engine no. 11M2 102738

Sold for US$ 36,000 inc. premium
Ex-Ray Petty
1962 Norton Manx 40
Frame no. 10M 102738
Engine no. 11M2 102738
· Ex-Ray Petty personal Norton Manx
· A true icon of motorcycle racing
· Beautiful racing fairing

Previewing at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Please contact [email protected] for scheduling.

When production resumed after WWII, Norton's over-the-counter Manx racer emerged much as it had been in 1939, with single-overhead-camshaft engine, 'square' cylinder head finning, upright gearbox, and plunger-suspended 'garden gate' frame. Only the presence of the Roadholder telescopic front fork readily distinguished the new Manx from its immediate predecessor. 1949 brought the first significant change in engine specification, the Manx gaining a double-overhead-camshaft cylinder head like that enjoyed by the works bikes for many years, but the major development was the arrival of the Featherbed frame for 1951. Works rider Geoff Duke had debuted the Featherbed at Blandford in April 1950, crushing the opposition and setting a new lap record, and the McCandless-designed chassis would enable Norton to remain competitive with the more powerful multi-cylinder opposition for the next few seasons.

As far as its cycle parts were concerned, the last Featherbed-framed Manx of 1962 was essentially the same machine as that which debuted in production form in 1951. There were, of course, differences but these were minor when compared with the changes made to the engine. The latter's major revision occurred in 1954 when both 350 and 500 models adopted near 'square' bore/stroke dimensions. The result was significantly increased power, but from then on the gains would be smaller, and much subsequent development was aimed at improving reliability. Today the popularity of the Manx in classic racing remains undiminished, with original examples racing alongside replicas of differing specification produced by specialist manufacturers worldwide.

An accomplished trials rider, sprinter and road racer, as well as a highly skilled engineer, Ray Petty built his reputation years after years, races after races to become what is known today as one of the best Norton Manx tuner. Entering racing on 250cc before WWII, he then supported UK war effort working at the Vickers aircraft experimental shop under the direction of Francis Beart with whom he decided to prepare Manx racing machines when war ended. Following this, Petty made a name for himself winning various prestigious races with different riders, the most famous one being the 'King of Brands', Derek Minter.

The bike presented here, 102738, gets that number on the frame preceded by 10M – 350cc Manx models – and that number on the engine preceded by 11M2 – 500cc Manx models pre-1954. Following exhaustive research and consultation of Norton Manx specialist, it was agreed that the engine had been restamped, most likely by Petty himself. Per Petty's usual, the engine also received a 'Ray Petty Tuned' stamp on the engine. More interestingly, the bike comes with a certified letter from Petty's daughter stating that 102738 appears in Ray's workshop notebook of personal bikes dated 1972 and onwards. This historically significant Manx was well taken care of by its current owner who proudly displayed the race-faired machine it in his living room.

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Ex-Ray Petty, 1962 Norton Manx 40 Frame no. 10M 102738 Engine no. 11M2 102738
Ex-Ray Petty, 1962 Norton Manx 40 Frame no. 10M 102738 Engine no. 11M2 102738
Ex-Ray Petty, 1962 Norton Manx 40 Frame no. 10M 102738 Engine no. 11M2 102738
Ex-Ray Petty, 1962 Norton Manx 40 Frame no. 10M 102738 Engine no. 11M2 102738
Ex-Ray Petty, 1962 Norton Manx 40 Frame no. 10M 102738 Engine no. 11M2 102738
Ex-Ray Petty, 1962 Norton Manx 40 Frame no. 10M 102738 Engine no. 11M2 102738
Ex-Ray Petty, 1962 Norton Manx 40 Frame no. 10M 102738 Engine no. 11M2 102738
Ex-Ray Petty, 1962 Norton Manx 40 Frame no. 10M 102738 Engine no. 11M2 102738
Ex-Ray Petty, 1962 Norton Manx 40 Frame no. 10M 102738 Engine no. 11M2 102738
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