Norton Motorcycles 1950s

James Lansdowne Norton

James Lansdowne Norton was founder of the firm of Norton, and one of the best-known motor-cycle manufacturers in the country.

He was born in 1868 and his connection with the industry dates from 1901, when he commenced to build and repair cycles and motor cycles. Later, he designed the Norton motor cycle which, in its early days, was fitted with the Peugeot engine, but eventually Mr. Norton designed and produced a single-cylinder engine. The popularity of the machine steadily progressed, and its designer ultimately had the satisfaction of seeing it win the T. T. Race.

Mr. Norton had for years been a victim to the incurable disease to which he succumbed on 21st April, 1925.

He was elected a Member of the Institution of Automobile Engineers in 1918.

Source: Graces Guide

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