1954 Norton ES2 500cc

Make: Norton
Model: ES2 500cc
Year: 1954
Registration Number: TKT 619
Frame Number: J454153
Engine Number: E429612
MOT Test Expiry: Exempt
Sold For: £2750

Beginning as a manufacturer of parts for the ‘two-wheel trade’ in 1898, Norton quickly progressed into producing motorised bicycles and by 1908, the company had developed its own single cylinder engine to power the basic motor cycle. In 1907, Norton found success at the first Isle of Man TT with a Peugeot-powered machine; this heralded the start of a long line of sporting successes which lasted into the 1960s. The ES2 first arrived in 1927; the long-stroke, single cylinder thoroughbred machine became popular due to its classic design and reliability and had a production run which lasted into the mid-Sixties.

This particular ES2 has been in the current ownership for some thirty years or so, but as time has marched on, the vendor has reluctantly decided to part with his Norton. The motorcycle has been a labour of love for its custodian; work has included the rebuilding of the original engine unit, the fitting of new chains and the rewiring of the electrics. The inside of the petrol tank has been cleaned and sealed, and the outside resprayed in black and finished with gold leaf lettering and lining. The dual seat has been recovered.

We understand that TKT 619 is fitted with an original-type engine unit which has covered just five hundred miles since its overhaul, which included the fitting of a new anti-wet sump valve. The aforementioned original engine is supplied with the machine, together with a spare gearbox and dynamo, and a new exhaust, which at present is not fitted to the Norton. The motorcyle will require recommissioning and a new battery.

The V5 registration document is supplied.