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Lot 215: Norton ES2

Brightwells Classic Car Auction, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (11 July 2007)

Affectionately nicknamed the 'Easy-two', the ES2 was launched in 1927, the first Norton to be built with a saddle tank and initiating a model name that was to survive until 1963. It is believed E stood for extra cost, S for sports and 2 denoted the second version of the 79mm x 100mm 490cc engine. By 1959 the bike had been fitted with the legendary Rex McCandless Featherbed frame and at last had the handling to match its 82mph performance - you could fall off an ES2 but only after grounding the footrest and the silencer to such an extent that you levered the back wheel off the road! It also had the excellent AMC gearbox, a revised cylinder head, modernised alternator electrics and an 8-inch front brake with full width hubs. For 1961 the bike was further improved with the adoption of the Slimline frame which had the upper frame rails narrowed and a slimmer tank fitted to greatly enhance rider comfort while retaining the legendary handling. This matching frame and engine numbers machine dates from March 1961 and is to original specification with the exception of the paintwork on the tank. Stored for some time and sprayed with preservative it will require some recommissioning before use but was said to be in good running order when laid up. Registered 613 BXA, it comes complete with a V5C.Estimated at �2,500 to �3,000 it is being offered here entirely without reserve.

Lot Details
Auction Brightwells Classic Car Auction
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Leominster
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number215
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£2100
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1961
Condition rating3
Registration number613 BXA
Mileage-
Chassis number4-94415
Engine number4-94415
Engine capacity (cc)490
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors