Norton, the Later Years

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Norton, the Later Years

, the Later Years

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Although Lansdowne Norton was considered by to be an exceptional engineer and designer, his acumen was not so strong.

The Norton had experienced strong early but difficulties ensued and the company was in 1913 by Bob Stanley. Just the … of James Norton in at the age of 56, the Norton company had again funds which came by the way of from R.T.Shelley, of Vanderwell

After the passing of the Norton a new engine was designed by engineer Moore during the winter of The new OHC engine (the CS1) to be fast but fragile. However, it did win the TT in the IOM. Soon after, left Norton and went to for the German company NSU .

The next major design for was by Arthur Carroll in 1929. The OHC was both fast and reliable, achieved many racing being beaten by the German BMW machine in 1939.

During the World War, Norton orders from the British for 100,000 versions of its 16H model, the company on a sound commercial

Note: Many of the WD-16H are still available but are not as valuable as the street version. Buyers thoroughly research the engine and numbers to determine which they are considering buying.

the Second World War, returned to both street production and racing. In 1946 the Manx Norton was offered to the for the first time, along the model 18 and 16H.

A new chief was recruited and his designs changed the of Norton engines for the remainder of its The engineer was Bert Hopwood who had alongside Edward Turner at Hopwood took the lesson from the Triumph parallel and designed the “Dominator” twin engine.

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Although the company still single cylinder engined until 1963 (chiefly as a of the numerous successes by the Manx ), the Twin cylinder machines to be more popular with the public. However, the company experienced financial difficulties in the 50s and was over by AMC (Associated Motor Unfortunately, AMC also began to cash flow problems, and to some overheads, the company to close the Birmingham Norton consolidating all motorcycle production in

By 1966 AMC was in serious financial and was forced into receivership. The assets were sold Manganese Bronze chairman, Poore, bought Norton for his

After taking over Poore wanted a new model to the aging Atlas, whose engine had been stretched out to in an effort to keep up with the With a few to isolating the rider the inevitable big twin vibrations, decided to make new engine based on Isolastic technology—something car had been using for many

The new Norton was called the Commando in to the British military’s elite

The new machine came to the market in Its new frame was widely accepted as a replacement for the venerable Featherbed, and with its almost vibration ride the Commando began to well.

In 1972/3 the British took the unusual step of (with financial incentives) to take over the struggling of BSA and Triumph. The new company became as NVT (Norton, Villiers. Triumph).

troubles hit the new company almost when workers, via the union, a sit-in as a protest against to relocate the company to Small Birmingham. This industrial lasted for two years and ultimately led to the of the factory. Although the company was up by the official receivers in 1975, 1,500 Commandos are produced parts held in stock.

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