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Lot 457: Norvin Caf� Racer

Grand Palais Sale, Bonhams (7 February 2013)

Developed from a design by Rex McCandless and first used by Norton on the works racers in 1950, the legendary 'Featherbed' frame has long been the special-builders' favourite. New standards of steering, roadholding and comfort were set by McCandless's frame, which was immediately dubbed 'Featherbed' by Norton works star Harold Daniell. Although designed with a single-cylinder engine in mind, the generously proportioned Featherbed would in time prove capable of accommodating a wide variety of different power units: twins, triples, fours and v-twins, all could be made to fit with a little ingenuity. There have been several specials constructed with the Vincent v-twin engine, such as that offered here, which was built in the UK in 2005 by John Mossey Restorations. The machine's major components consist of a replica 'wide-line' Featherbed frame and a Black Shadow engine, the latter dating from 1955. Other noteworthy features include a Manx-type swinging arm; Quaife five-speed gearbox; Smith Kanrin brakes; Ceriani forks and shock absorbers; electronic ignition; and an electric starter. The current (Swedish) owner purchased the Norvin new from Phil Cotton Motorcycles and since acquisition has ridden it only 20 kilometres (approximately 12 miles). Presented in commensurately excellent condition, this unique Norvin caf� racer is offered with specification details, email correspondence, workshop manual supplement, copy magazine article, dating letter, copy MoT certificate (expired 2006), DVLA authorisation certificate, copy UK V5C document and current Swedish registration papers.

Lot Details
Auction Grand Palais Sale
Bonhams, Paris, France
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number457
Estimate€28000-€35000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year2005
Condition rating0
Registration number782 UXK
Mileage-
Chassis numberR92270
Engine numberF10AB/1B/12100
Engine capacity (cc)998
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors