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C.1956 NORTON 499CC GOLD STAR DBD34 (LOT 436) SOLD by Auction

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  • £9,000 Auction Estimate
  • 1956
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Price £9,000 Auction Estimate
Ad Type For Sale by Auction
Category Motorcycles
Make Norton
Year 1956
Country UK
Region Oxfordshire
Telephone 020 8963 2817
Status Trade
Date 22-Jul-2020
Ref C1248357
This motorcycle is to be auctioned at our Live and Online Summer Sale, Hanger 113, Bicester Heritage, OX26 5HA.

Friday 14 August Spares & Memorabilia (Lot 1 - 212) 10am
Saturday 15 August Motorcycles (Lot 301 - 462) 10am
Sunday 16 August Motorcycles (Morbidelli Collection) (Lot 501 - 704) 10am

In light of the current government guidelines and relaxed measures we are delighted to welcome viewing, strictly by appointment. All the lots will be on view at Bicester Heritage in our traditional Hangar 113. We will ensure social distancing measures are in place, with gloves and sanitiser available for clients wishing to view motorcycle history files.

Please contact Bonhams Motorcycles with your preferred date, time and vehicle registration number to book an appointment.

Wednesday 12 August 1pm to 5pm
Thursday 13 August 9am to 5pm
Friday 14 August 9am to 5pm
Saturday 15 August 9am to 5pm (Lots 501-704 only)

Please note that whilst public viewing is available by appointment, the auction itself will be conducted from a remote saleroom, behind closed doors without public access, in accordance with the current government guidelines. All bidding will be conducted via Online, Telephone and Absentee Bidding. Please contact our Bids Department to register.

Hangar 113
Bicester Heritage
Buckingham Road
OX26 5HA

FRAME NO. 122 52601
Ultimate single-cylinder special
• Vendor advises he has carried out complete restoration
• Unused since completion

In the 1950s and 60s the benchmark for motorcycle handling was the ground-breaking Norton featherbed frame. Developed by the McCandless brothers for use on the all-conquering Manx racer, the Featherbed frame, coupled with the Roadholder forks, set new standards which other makers could only dream of. Introduced initially for the racer, the featherbed was gradually incorporated into most of the other Norton models from 350cc upwards. It is no surprise, therefore, that its reputation led to it being utilised in home-brewed specials of the day, used by racers of both track and café varieties. The situation was encouraged by two factors; initially the use of Manx Norton engines in Formula Three racing cars, then later, as the frame was used in more models, the relative fragility of the Norton twin engines also provided a source of rolling chassis. Engines of choice for the specials were usually the Triumph twin which was in plentiful supply, easily tuneable, and possessing a chassis which was not the best. This, therefore, was the normal route to the track or café for the special builder. A few, however, who perhaps had fatter wallets, indulged their search for the ultimate road racer with slightly more radical (and expensive) power plants such as the Vincent twin, or, as here, the darling of the café racer set, the BSA Gold Star. Taken from the beautiful, and iconic DBD34, the race-proven Goldie engine provided a reliable, powerful, and slightly exotic motor.

The vendor of this well-presented machine purchased the components in South Africa, taking the engine from a racing machine and obtaining the Dominator frame to accompany it. It was shipped back to the UK when he returned here to live, and subsequently found the time to complete the restoration of his ideal special which he thought he may use for track days or parades. He advises that he has rebuilt the engine, standard gearbox, and cycle parts, refurbishing or replacing anything that was needed, and a Triumph clutch was fitted. A 5-gallon Manx-type petrol tank and central oil tank are utilised, and the engine breathes through an Amal Grand Prix carburettor. The rebuild was completed in approximately 2016, since when the bike has been dry-stored, started on occasions, but never used on the road. The machine fired up readily on consignment, sounding as a Goldie motor should. Running on Castrol R40, the Norton Goldie will require basic safety checks and modest commissioning prior to careful running-in of the fresh rebuild prior to use by a new owner. Documentation with the machine comprises a small number of receipts.

£9,000 - 12,000
€10,000 - 13,000

As with all Lots in the Sale, this Lot is sold 'as is/where is' and Bidders must satisfy themselves as to the provenance, condition, age, completeness and originality prior to bidding.

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