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Lot 376: c.1950 Norton 490cc ‘500T’ Trials

Collectors' Motorcycles, Bonhams (16 October 2005)

Norton’s post-WW2 trials campaign got off to a false start in 1947, the heavyweight Model 18 roadster, fitted with high-level exhaust and 21” front wheel, proving to be too long, too heavy and possessed of insufficient ground clearance to be competitive. A season of extensive modification and experimentation, undertaken by the legendary McCandless brothers, resulted in the appearance late in 1948 of an entirely different machine - the legendary 500T. The shorter and lighter WD 16H frame was used for the newcomer, which featured a modified lower fork yoke that reduced the wheelbase to a more-manageable 53”. In its original, ‘all iron’ engined form the 500T tipped the scales at 320lbs, while the subsequent adoption of an alloy cylinder head and (later) a Wellworthy alloy barrel brought that down to 300lbs. Numerous works and privateer competition successes throughout the late 1940s and early 1950s confirmed that Norton had produced a machine as good as, if not better than, any other rigid-framed trials iron. Sold new by dealer Victor Horsman Ltd, of Liverpool, this highly original, matching numbers, ‘all alloy’ 500T is offered with its original logbook, maintenance manuals (x2), old and new Swansea V5s and four expired MoTs (most recent 1999/2000).

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Auction Collectors' Motorcycles
Bonhams, Classic & Motorcycle Mechanics Show, Stafford
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number376
Estimate£3000-£3500
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£4800
Hammer Price (inc premium)£5520
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