Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1954
  • Motorcycle type 
    Street
  • Engine number 
    47905
  • Lot number 
    86
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Colour  
    Other
  • Location

Description

Property of a deceased's estate
1954 Norton 490cc ES2
Registration no. 745 BMH
Frame no. 72316
Engine no. 47905

Previously licensed as a motorcycle combination, this ES2 was acquired by the late owner in April 1975. Compiled by the owner, an accompanying notebook covers the period from purchase until the last MoT certificate expired in April 1976, noting maintenance and servicing tasks carried out, miles covered and fuel used. Running in a new piston/rings following a re-bore, the Norton averaged an amazing 120mpg at 35-40mph and still managed 85.7mpg at 65-70mph after it had loosened up. The notebook records the fitting of an Amal Concentric carburettor, new exhaust pipe and silencer (non-standard) and a second-hand gearbox. No mention is made of the frame having been changed, so presumably this had been done prior to his purchase. Offered for restoration and sold strictly as viewed, the machine comes with the aforementioned notebook, petrol coupons, two old-style continuation logbooks, an expired MoT and two instruction manuals. No reserve.