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Lot 410: 1934 Norton 350cc International Model 40

Collectors' Motorcycles, Bonhams (16 October 2005)

One of the most charismatic model names in motorcycling history, ‘International’ was first used by Norton for its top-of-the-range sports roadster in 1932. The Inter’s Arthur Carroll-designed overhead-camshaft engine had been developed in the works racers for the preceding two years, and although it retained the classic 79x100mm bore/stroke dimensions and shaft-and-bevels cam drive of the existing CS1, was entirely new. Based on the works bikes and intended for racing, the International could nevertheless be ordered with refinements such as lights and a kickstart-equipped gearbox. By the time production halted in 1939 it was being built with a four-speed foot-change ’box and plunger rear suspension, reappearing after the war in similar guise save for the adoption of the hydraulically-damped Roadholder front fork, which replaced the pre-war girder. The Inter remained fundamentally unchanged from then until 1953 when it gained the Featherbed frame, all-alloy engine and ‘laid down’ gearbox.

Karl Oskarsson purchased this machine at Brooks’ auction at The Classic & Motorcycle Mechanics Show, Stafford on 17th October 1999 (Lot 312). ‘MN 9887’ was first registered in the Isle of Man on 20th December 1934, and the original Manx registration documents are available. The previous owners were Manxmen: James Winterbottom (1934), George Albert Kelly (1937), Douglas Stanley Shimmin (1938), John Metcalfe (1938) and subsequently John Clucas. It is said to have played a part in the George Formby movie ‘No Limit’ about the Isle of Man races in the hands of one of his rivals. The machine has been used only three times since arriving in Sweden in 1999 and is presented in excellent condition. The original headlights, silencers and number-plate are included in the sale.

Karl Oskarsson purchased this machine at Brooks’ auction at The Classic & Motorcycle Mechanics Show, Stafford on 17th October 1999 (Lot 312). ‘MN 9887’ was first registered in the Isle of Man on 20th December 1934, and the original Manx registration documents are available. The previous owners were Manxmen: James Winterbottom (1934), George Albert Kelly (1937), Douglas Stanley Shimmin (1938), John Metcalfe (1938) and subsequently John Clucas. It is said to have played a part in the George Formby movie ‘No Limit’ about the Isle of Man races in the hands of one of his rivals. The machine has been used only three times since arriving in Sweden in 1999 and is presented in excellent condition. The original headlights, silencers and number-plate are included in the sale.

Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Motorcycles
Bonhams, Classic & Motorcycle Mechanics Show, Stafford
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number410
Estimate£9000-£11000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£8000
Hammer Price (inc premium)£9200
Year1934
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Engine number3225
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