1938 Norton Model 18 - Competition

    • Year 1938
    • Chassis Number 84986
    • Registration OSL 171
    • Mileage 7529

    Records show that this Norton Model 18 in competition trim dates from 1938, although the engine, which is not numbered is the earlier open-valve gear / parallel pushrod type and the modified front forks are slightly longer than standard type. There is no real history for this bike, it is said that it could be one of four prototype scramblers built by the factory but there is no record of this. It previously formed part of the Autokraft Collection before being sold into private hands in 1999.

    The last owner acquired the bike in 2011 and and used it in several Brooklands hill climbs and the 2012 Graham Walker Run. In recent times it has not had much use but remains in generally all round good order, the frame is nice with no visible signs of corrosion, the tank is good although the paint is now faded. Mechanically the bike excellent, it runs and rides very well and has had a recent full check over. Supplied with UK road registration documents, and a VMCC dating cert. it is taxed until June 2015. This is fine a pre War 500cc Norton that could be used for both on and off road classic motorcycling.