Wednesday 29 February 2012

Vintage Nortons in the Southward Museum

-SG- This well appointed museum a few miles north of Wellington in New Zealand contains a good collection of cars of all ages and quite a number of bikes - some of which look a bit sad and are sitting on almost flat tyres. None the less in amongst them are a couple of Vintage Nortons - a CS1/ES2 machine now powered by a 1929 16H engine (Above: I wonder what happened to the original power unit) and a very tidy/older restoration 1926 Model 18. This - apart from a few minor details - seems quite correct and has matching frame/engine numbers. It was despatched in October 1926. Note the rear wheel is of the non detachable brake drum type rather than the detachable version which I would expect at this date.