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Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by theturtleshead, Jan 5, 2013.
Nice Injun too!
Well...it says Norton on the tank!
Mit Ironhead motor & hole in the seat for the pilot's enormous balls.
It's a Sporton...ster, or something. Interesting for sure.
I think there is a thread on here about that build-referring to the Norley/Harton/whatever you call a featherbed with a Sportster engine in it.
I used to go through the Dunstall catalog until the pages were worn. Now, while I still appreciate a Dunstall equipped Norton, I prefer one with a look closer to stock .
I acquired a full seat of JPS bodywork and fairing for a café style project bike years back.
As a little time passed the idea of keeping around a clean original one stuck with me too.
I'm adding this to my pile of new parts. Norton Model 30. 1935-1955. I might have bought one of the last NOS.
That's solid gold!
I posted this in Cafe Racers but thought I should put it hear as well.
It is half a Norton....
for sale on US eBay right now
1949 Norton Manx with knucklehead motor . Very unique Cafe Racer built in early 70's by machinist / metallurgist / artist William Selby .Beautiful melding of Form and Function ; that mating of Knucklehead engine with Norton Manx drive train . Lived good portion of her life on Nantucket Island , Mass. Fully operational in her maintained original condition . Had a ride on her upon return from Vietnam in 1973 and that memory never faded , fast forward about 40 years ; Owner passed in 2011 , she gets out a bit more now for local jaunts but her speed is more than I can handle . Looking for a good home . Good fortune on your bidding .
On Sep-29-20 at 12:57:37 PDT, seller added the following information:
Some more history for you nostalgia buffs out there ; William Selby worked with Frank Piasecki , a pioneer in Aircraft development . Hence the precise and creative metallurgy found in this creation . Wheel hubs are magnesium and fuel and oil tanks are aluminum .
On Oct-02-20 at 17:41:11 PDT, seller added the following information:
Original owner called this machine... " My Poor Man's Vincent "
I've seen photos of the Knuckle Norton over the years but could never find out anything about it. Thanks for the post.
Or slightly poorer man's Brough Superior!