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production - 1946-1953 (long-stroke), 1953-1962 (short-stroke) engine - double overhead-cam, single-cylinder four-stroke bore and stroke - 79.6 x 100 mm (1946-1953), 86 x 85.6 (1953-1962) capacity - 499cc power - 50bhp @ 7200rpm wheelbase - 56in top speed - 150mph (depending on gearing) picture kindly provided by www.classic-motorbikes.com
1937 norton manx 500 cc
Norton Manx Big Plunger
This chassis was used on Works bikes in 36-37, and a few production versions were sold to customers in 37-38, before being superceded by the far more common Gargengate plunger chassis in 1939 (which was never actually used by the Works team, they went to a very special chassis in 1939 never offered to custimers, which the Works team then used until replaced by the Featherbed in 1950). The chassis of this Big Plunger is a genuine 'Manx' chassis (as opposed to International), but was the first of a batch of eight 'Works' versions built for the 1938 ISDT. Image kindly provided by www.racingvincent.co.uk.
1939 Norton Manx 500cc racer
1946 norton manx
1948 norton manx 30m
the rear end of the frame utilised a plunger suspension system, whilst the front featured telescopic forks of norton's own design bearing the trademark roadholder. conical steel hubs were laced to alloy rims. named the manx 30m and offered alongside a 350cc model typed the 40m, the new model quickly established itself as a force to be contended with in competition and remained largely unchanged for the next two years. for the 1949 season a revised engine design was adopted featuring a double overhead cam top end. 1949 also saw the introduction of alloy conical hubs and tanks. the two models continued in this form until they were replaced by featherbed framed versions in 1951, the prototypes of which having competed during 1950 in the hands of the works riders. image provided by www.classic-auctions.com.
1950 norton manx
1952 norton manx 30m
1952 norton manx 40m
norton had been developing a dedicated racing motorcycle derived from the international for the 1940 season. the advent of the second world war delayed the new models introduction until 1946. dubbed the manx by the company, although it had originally been intended to call the new model the international manx, the new racing model utilised a rolling chassis that owed its design to the pre-war factory machines. norton roadholder telescopic front forks and a plunger rear suspension system were employed. a single overhead cam engine again derived from the pre war racing model was employed in either 350cc or 500cc capacities. 1949 saw the introduction of the double over cam engine, however, the most significant change occurred during 2007 with the adoption of the rex mccandless designed featherbed frame which had been used during the previous season by the works team.
1954 Norton Manx
1954 Norton Manx 30M
1954 norton manx 30m
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1955 norton manx 500 cc
1957 norton manx
1959 norton manx 500 cc
This is a genuine 1959 Manx Norton rolling chassis fitted with a fully rebuilt 1959 Model 50 Norton engine.
1960 norton manx 30m
the 1954 manx established the design for the machine that would continue, with detail developments, to the end of the models production in 1962. the frame adopted a welded on sub-frame and the front brake became a twin leading shoe design.the engine dimensions were changed to 86 x 85.8mm for the 500cc version (76 x 76.85 for the 350cc). larger valves and a shortened con-rod were employed in the engine whilst externally the cam drive tube was housed within the finning of a new cylinder head that was graced with revised fining. from 1955 the factory team used production based machines incorporating developments intended for the following seasons production models rather than works specials as had previously been the case. whilst this may have been detrimental to the works riders at the highest levels of international competition it undoubtedly was of benefit to privateers at all levels, developments proven by the factory team were incorporated into the customer machines for the following season starting with the 1956 models. the developments incorporated into the 1956 machines included a revised timing side bearing and extended primary drive guard, 1957 saw the introduction of a sleeved big end, a larger carburettor and subtle revisions to the cycle parts. the major change for 1958 centred on the transmission with the amc gearbox being fitted and was followed in 1959 with detail revisions to the clutch and engine which benefited from further revisions for 1960 and 1961. this example was owned by mike hoskisson of bee-bee racing and ridden by alistair frame and malcolm lucas in the manx grand prix. the 1957 specification engine using new, original, crankcases and a bth magneto was the last one built by ray petty in 1985 and is installed in a 1960 frame.
This 1960 499cc Norton Manx model 30m was purchased from J.F.Jackson of Bradford (second hand motorcycle specialist) in 1962 by Tom Armstrong for £295.00. It was raced by him from 1962 to 1972. In December 1964 the machine was worked on by legendary Manx Norton tuner Francis Beart. This machine took part in many races on Isle Of Man 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967 Manx Grand Prix and 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971 and 1972 TT races. During it`s TT period, the bike was worked on by many famous people of the day including Reg Dearden, John Tickle and John Hartle, Last race of that particular period was at Scarborough international 1972. The Norton was then stored until 2010. It is now being race in the classic events. Lansdownclassic CMCRC etc.
Norton Manxman 650
One of the first batch to be sent to the USA and Now its Back on Home soil after 38 years in New York.
Norton Manxman 650
1961 mckintosh manx 30m
this example of the 500cc manx is based on a 1961 lighthouse tower twin cam model. the original engine was rebuilt using a set of summerfield crankcases by well known manx specialist phil kettle for harry whitehouse. the chassis is a mackintosh example conforming to 1961 specifications. an oldani front brake and a five speed gearbox complete the machine.
1961 Norton Manx
1961 500cc Manx, which was built on the 1st Oct 1960 and was at the Motor Cycle Show that November. Was bought by the present owner after it had been left in a cellar in bits for over 20 years.
Norton 500 Manx
The last Manx Nortons were sold in 1963. Even though Norton had pulled out of racing in 1954, the Manx had become the backbone of privateer racing and are highly sought after. in 1994 Andy Molnar of Molnar Precision Limited purchased the rights to the Manx name so the Norton Manx is now in production once again, manufactured to the exact original 1961 specification.
1962 norton manx 40m
this example was completely rebuilt by renowned tuner ray petty during 1972, at which time an ex reg dearden/ex norton race shop engine was fitted, numbered with ray petty's own stamping. the engine was equipped with an outside flywheel and a titanium con-rod and breathed through an amal 1 3/8th inch gp2 carburettor fitted using a specially manufactured venturi. whilst in mr petty's ownership it was ridden by derek minter, dan shorey and others. in 1988 it was sold to adrian sellers who retained it until 1997 when it moved into the vendor's ownership. during the next nine years it was raced at most of the british mainland circuits, at the dundrod ulster grand prix and in the inca series during 2000. when not racing in europe the machine was campaigned by the vendor in the north american ahrma series between 1998 and 2006, notably securing a 5th place finish in the march 2006 premier race at daytona and taking fourth overall with its rider in the 1999 ahrma national championship in 1999. image provided by www.classic-auctions.com.