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The Unapproachable Norton

1962 Norton Manx 30M 500cc

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Norton were not slow off the mark adapting to peacetime conditions and in 1946 realeased the Manx for the IOM races that year. They were based on the pre-war International and came in 348cc 40M and 498cc 30M versions, both with bevel-drive OHC engines in twin-loop cradle frames with Roadholder forks and plunger-style rear suspension.

These machines became enormously popular with privateers, and it was not uncommon for them to dominate the factory entries from both the UK and the continent.

This machine is a replica built by Ken McIntosh in New Zealand in 2010 and sports a Quaife 5-speed gearbox and a Summerfield engine. Brakes are by Molnar and the carburretor too is a replica.


Courtesy New Zealand Classic Motorcycles