Lot 337 - 1951 Norton ES2
|Chassis Number||F4 34839|
|Engine Number||F4 34839|
|Odometer reading||19 miles|
|Estimate||£6,000 - £9,000|
|Result||Sold - £7,000|
Introduced at the 1927 Motor Cycle Show, the ES2 sports roadster used the Model 18's overhead-valve engine in the cradle frame of the overhead-camshaft CS1 and from then onwards, the 'ES2' designation was always applied to Norton's top-of-the-range, overhead-valve single. Although originally launched as a sports motorcycle, throughout its long life it was gradually overtaken by more powerful models. It remained popular due to its reliability and ease of maintenance as well as the traditional design. From 1947, the ES2 had an innovative hydraulically damped telescopic front fork and race developed rear plunger suspension. From 1953 it had a single downtube swinging-arm frame and was up-rated to the Rex McCandless Featherbed frame in 1959 featuring an improved AMC gearbox, revised cylinder head, crankshaft-mounted Lucas RM15 60-watt alternator with coil ignition and an eight inch front brake with full width hubs. The wideline Featherbed-framed bike was road tested by The Motor Cycle on June 4, 1959 and found to have a mean top speed of 82mph with petrol consumption of 56mpg at 60mph.
This 1951 Norton ES2 was subject to a ground up restoration in the mid 1990's and remained in a private collection until it was purchased by the vendor in 2013 who advises us that it has been fully maintained and is ready to be used on the road. Finished in the Norton International colours of silver and black, this ES2 is supplied with a V5C registration document and represents a proper classic motorcycle from one of the best known British manufacturers.
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