1951 Norton 500cc OHC

***Vendor supplied images***


  • Great condition overall
  • Seemingly mechanically perfect
  • Numbers match the registration document

The Appeal

Throughout its history, Norton has always been a class-leader in producing fantastic and characterful bikes. Indeed, the brand has seemingly made the 500cc area its own and this 1951 model is proof.

Indeed, the Plunger frame design makes for a stunning bike whilst the single-cylinder engine is enough to make for an enjoyable riding experience. 

Presenting in fantastic visual condition, it’s clear this 500cc OHC has been well cared for. Furthermore, the vendor informs us that it can easily cover long distances without issue. Indeed, they claim it does not leak oil and will run with ease.

The History and Paperwork

  • First manufactured in 1951
  • Used at many Vintage Motor Cycle Club events during its life
  • Reportedly a well known bike in VMCC circles
  • Registered for the road in June 2022
  • Passed to current owner by their brother in September 2022
  • Maintained by bike MOT technician in recent times
  • Dry stored during this time
  • Recently ridden to the South of France without issue
  • Used from time to time in the South of France
  • UK registration

The Condition

  • Very good condition overall
  • Lovely, emblematic paint
  • All the decals and designs are present and in good condition
  • Chrome work shines very nicely
  • Saddle looks excellent
  • Pre-war fuel tank
  • Handlebars show very little sign of wear
  • All dials and switches work as they should
  • Headlight cover looks clear and proper
  • Wire wheels present very well
  • Avon front tyre, Dunlop rear
  • Looks to be good tread on both tyres
  • Some small scuff marks and scratches to the paint, from use

The Mechanics

  • 500cc single cylinder four-stroke engine, 30hp
  • Amal TT carburettor
  • Engine looks very clean
  • The bike runs extremely well
  • Can go for long distances
  • Engine cut out switch fitted to the oil tap – will not start without oil
  • No oil leaks according to the vendor
  • Clearly always well taken care of


Throughout its life, this Norton 500cc OHC bike has been exceptionally well cared for. Indeed, one can see that it evidently presents in stunning condition whilst the vendor informs us that it runs easily without fault.

In recent times, the bike has been dry stored and maintained by an MOT technician. Having just recently been road registered, the bike has certainly not been abused throughout its life and is ready to offer its new owner with many miles of pleasant cruising.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1951
  • Make Norton
  • Model OHC
  • Colour Black/Silver
  • Odometer 36,000 Miles
  • Engine size 500
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Cherval
  • Country France
Bidding history
20 bids
  • an•••• €11,500 24/09/23
  • ca•••• €11,000 24/09/23
  • an•••• €10,500 24/09/23
  • ca•••• €10,000 24/09/23
  • an•••• €9,500 24/09/23
  • ca•••• €9,000 24/09/23
  • an•••• €8,000 24/09/23
  • mo•••• €7,500 24/09/23
  • an•••• €7,000 23/09/23
  • mo•••• €6,900 23/09/23

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