1948 Norton Manx 500 By Mecum

The legendary Norton Manx was the mainstay of British racing for generations.

While the name Manx was first applied with the 1936 Manx Grand Prix model, nearly identical to this machine, the first true Norton Manx came after World War II, as the model 30M.

The name “Manx” refers to the Isle of Man and its famously tailless cats. Racing Nortons before the Manx were developed from Norton’s first Isle of Man TT victory in 1907, at the very first race on the Island. Norton built special racing models initially known as the TT Replica from 1910, the Model 25 from 1923, and its first overhead-camshaft racer, the CS1 of 1927, which led to the International model in 1930 and the Manx Grand Prix in 1936, a very special machine. The Isle of Man TT was the pre-eminent road race in the world, and it became Norton’s happy hunting ground, where the company won the Junior and Senior TT and Manx Grand Prix dozens of times. Machines like this Garden Gate plunger-frame Manx, as produced from 1936 to 1949, were the mainstay of professional and amateur racing in Britain and Europe for decades as the most competent and reliable large-capacity production racers available.

This 1948 Norton Model 30M Manx hails from the collection of the legendary Jim Lattin, and it is as desirable a Manx as you’ll find. It’s got all the right stuff: a correct Amal TT Remote-Needle racing carb with remote float; flanged alloy wheels of 21-inches up front and 19-inches in the rear; a long-stroke Manx motor with works-type magnesium crankcases, timing covers, bevel-box covers and cambox; magnesium racing wheels and brake plates; Norton long Roadholder forks; the Garden Gate plunger frame; large racing fuel and oil tanks with quick-opening fillers; a chin and “bum” pad for getting down to business; and a megaphone exhaust to let the world know a Manx is on the scene. This is a spectacular machine in absolutely beautiful condition, and it’s ready for a new owner who appreciates a legend.

Report by mecum.com


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