Photos provided by the vendor
- A very desirable machine, hailing from a golden era of Norton motorcycle manufacture
- Benefits from comprehensive refurbishment, which is documented by a selection of photographs
- The engine number matches those of factory records for this motorcycle
On both road and race circuits before the Second World War, Norton was the manufacturer to beat. Their motorcycles were engineered for speed, handling and reliability, and those who rode their bikes became household names.
Understandably, these race-bred motorcycles remain highly collectible to this day and we’re delighted to offer one such 350cc example, dating from 1932. Supplied new to the UK but now to be found exploring Italy, this International benefits from some recent mechanical and cosmetic refurbishment, resulting in it being an exceedingly usable and presentable machine. Recognised by the Italian Motorcycle Federation (FMI) for its historical significance, this is a really special motorcycle, so don’t hesitate in making it yours.
The History and Paperwork
- A collection of photographs document recent work which includes an overhaul of the engine, gearbox and wheels
- Wears a period race number
- A certificate of authenticity from the Norton Owners Club details the bike’s earliest history
- Originally supplied in road trim to Binks of Lincoln (England), before returning to the factory and heading to its first owner in Edinburgh (Scotland)
- First road registered by its first owner in July 1932
- Remains a very original machine, true to its period specification and with lots of period features
- Now resides in Italy
- 13 kilometres are displayed on the odometer, suggesting it has been reset and is not the original item which would have measured in miles / miles per hour
- Benefits from some recent refurbishment and a mechanical overhaul
- Understood to be in good working order and registered with the FMI
- Presented in very good, usable condition
- Refurbished wheels with period appropriate Avon tyres
- Pleasingly patinated in places
We really enjoy how this Norton is presented, with much of its originality preserved. It has been repainted and restored in places where necessary, and allowed to age gracefully elsewhere, which we feel is the right approach with a vehicle of this vintage.
The frame appears straight, free from corrosion or any damage so far as we could make out. The fuel and oil tanks are still finished in the period Norton colour scheme and they both look to be in really good order. There are a few marks and scratches to the fuel tank and mudguards, which fits in nicely with the patina on some of the other components such as the saddle.
All of the chrome on the handlebars looks great and the same can be said of that magnificent ‘fish-tail’ exhaust pipe. A few of the rubber components exhibit a little wear, but nothing excessive. We enjoy the period knee grips which are still in nice shape for their age. The single seat has weathered nicely over the years and there’s also an additional pillion seat for rear passengers atop the rear mudguard.
The wheels have been refurbished and repainted in black. All the spokes look to be in great order and we note that they’re now shod with period appropriate Avon tyres.
- 350 cc OHV single-cylinder engine which matches the Norton factory records for this bike
- Four-speed gearbox
- Chain drive
- Girder fork suspension
- Drum brakes front and rear
- Being designed as a racing bike, this Norton carries no dynamo nor a ratcheting lever
The vendor shares a number of photos documenting mechanical overhaul. The engine has been overhauled, with the cylinder head removed and dismantled, with the piston taken out also. With evidence of numerous new and reconditioned parts, we understand that this bike is now in good running order. All the casings have been cleaned up and repainted where appropriate, resulting in a bike that looks very well sorted mechanically.
This is a very special motorcycle, the likes of which we do not often see. Seldom does the chance to acquire a pre-war Norton International arise, so if it’s your dream bike, be sure to become the next owner of this well presented example.
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