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The Autumn Stafford Sale – The Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show / 1925 Norton 490cc Model 16H & Swallow Sidecar Frame no. 17729 Engine no. 25685

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1925 Norton 490cc Model 16H & Swallow Sidecar
Registration no. CB 5548 Frame no. 17729 Engine no. 25685
16 October 2022, 10:00 BST
Stafford, Staffordshire County Showground

£12,000 - £16,000

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1925 Norton 490cc Model 16H & Swallow Sidecar
Registration no. CB 5548
Frame no. 17729
Engine no. 25685

Having hitherto relied on proprietary engines, Norton introduced its own in 1907. The long-stroke sidevalve single displaced 633cc and the new model it powered became known as the 'Big 4'. Smaller capacity versions followed and in 1911 the 500 adopted the classic 79x100mm bore and stroke dimensions which would characterise the half-litre (actually 490cc) Norton for the next 50 years. The 490cc engine was revised for 1914 and in 1921 the Model 16, as it had become known, received a new lower frame, becoming the 16H. Norton's trusty sidevalve would be continuously updated for the next 30-plus years, many seeing service with Allied forces in WW2, before taking its final bow in 1954.

The vendor's late father purchased this 16H (known as 'Nora') on 17th January 2009 from Ted Gabbott of Lancashire, its owner since December 1956 (see Ted's notes on file). A Science Museum dating letter on file shows that the machine was originally despatched on 30th June 1925 to the Norton agent Walsh in Blackburn. Accompanying paperwork includes an old-style buff logbook (issued 1949); a quantity of MoTs (most recent expired 2012); old/current V5/V5C documents; and a substantial quantity of photocopied literature (parts lists, brochures, etc). Not ridden for some years, the machine will require re-commissioning before further use and thus is sold strictly as viewed.
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