1968 Norton 745cc P11A Series 2 For Sale by Auction
Associated Motor Cycles' final years saw the ailing company launch a bewildering assortment of 'badge-engineered' hybrids. Announced in the autumn of 1963, the first was a street scrambler intended for the North American market. The AJS/Matchless-framed machine used the 745cc Norton Atlas engine, and the experience gained paved the way for the AJS Model 33 and Matchless G15 roadsters introduced for 1965, by which time Norton forks and brakes had been standardised throughout the range. This 'mix-and-match' policy continued under Norton Villiers' ownership, the CSR-framed roadsters being joined by a Norton-badged clone: the N15. While the range as a whole contracted, there was one new model for 1967: the Norton P11; another Atlas-engined hybrid but this time one built using the Rickman-style Reynolds 531 frame of the Matchless G85CS scrambler. With the Commando's arrival later that same year, the days of the P11 were numbered and production ceased at the end of 1968. Despatched new to North America in April 1968, this example of one of the rarest and most sought-after of post-war Nortons was re-imported in November 1989 by Worldvista Ltd and purchased from them in 2005. The machine was restored by Worldvista's Michael Bell and since acquisition has benefited from further restoration by the NMM, whose commemorative silver plaque is attached. The purchase receipt, dating/specification notes, and C&E Form 386 are on file. The machine's mechanical condition is not known; accordingly, prospective purchasers must satisfy themselves with regard to its condition, completeness, correctness, or otherwise prior to bidding.
This motorcycle is to be auctioned at our Live and Online Winter Sale, Hanger 113, Bicester Heritage, OX26 5HA.
Friday 11 December
Spares & Memorabilia (Lot 1 - 112) 9am
The National Motorcycle Museum Reserve Collection (Lots 201 – 252) 11am
Saturday 12 December
Motorcycles (Day 2) (Lots 501 – 708) 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 by clicking 'Message the seller' with your preferred date, time and vehicle registration number to book an appointment.
Wednesday 9 December 9am to 5pm
Thursday 10 December 9am to 5pm
Friday 11 December 9am to 5pm (Lots 501 – 708 only)
LIVE AND ONLINE AUCTION
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 using the 'Message the seller' button.
COLLECTION OF PURCHASED LOTS
Motorcycle lots must be cleared from the sale venue by 2pm Sunday 13 December 2020. Limited collection is available until 2pm Monday 14 December, by appointment only. If collecting Monday, please access Bicester Heritage via the 'Main Gate', Buckingham Road, OX26 5HA. Please email us using the 'Message the seller' button with your collection or transport instructions as soon as possible following your successful bid. Failure to instruct Bonhams by the given time will result in your vehicle being uplifted to store at your expense, as detailed in the Conditions of Sale. Buyers should satisfy themselves that they have collected all relevant log books, documents and keys relating to their Lot(s) at time of collection.
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