Frame Number 28537, Engine
Number 37393 79×120, Gearbox Number HW 75688
The 588cc OHV Norton (not to be confused with
the 633cc "Big Four" side valve) was listed in a number of guises from 1926 into
the early 1930s. The example here is configured as a Model 19, which was basically the
famed 490cc 79x100 Model 18 with the stroke extended to 120mm, from about 1928. Other 588
variants were the Model 24 (with four-speed cross-over gearbox) and the Model 44 (with dry
The bike is fitted with an Australian-made
Goulding sidecar of the period, with a shapely steel body.
The outfit was restored some years ago, and has
successfully completed many vintage rallies. Initial problems with vibration from the
motor (120mm is quite a long stroke!) were dealt with by careful balancing and fitting a
stay between the cylinder head and the front down tube. While still firing the proverbial
"every second lamppost" this 588 is a smooth running and good handling vintage
outfit which retains its vintage charm.
Concessions to modernity are an upgraded Sturmey
Archer heavyweight gearbox (believed to be of the same period as the bike) replacing the
usual Sturmey Archer CS, a more robust front brake (I'm told Norton from the early 1930s?)
and an AMAL rather than AMAC carburettor. For the perfectionist restorer there is scope to
bring the bike up to catalogue specification; for riders here is a vintage outfit of the
flat tank era ready to delight on country roads.
Details of the
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