This Model 18 was restored by the previous owner who had kept the bike for some 17 years. An original continuation buff log book that is with the bike goes back to 1947 shows that it retains its original registration number of ‘WF 5621’ It is supplied with some correspondence from the previous owner, and the current UK V5C logbook.
Having had a recent service it is in good running order and is remarkably quick for a bike of this vintage. It is fitted with a Brooklands style exhaust with the original type silencer supplied.
One of the most enduring of the ‘Great’ British motorcycle brands Norton’s continual engineering development came from racing successes, most notably at the IOM TT races. The model 18 was the top of the range bike at this time and the first to use a new ohv valve engine, the large 500cc capacity giving plenty of performance through the Sturmey-Archer 3 speed gearbox. This is a really fine example in great overall condition, an 85 year old motorcycle that really goes!
Report by anthonygodin.co.uk