-SG- Vintage period machines fitted with Norton's own cross-over gear box were never big sellers and this is reflected in the very few postings we have had over the years for the relevant models - 14, 24, 34 and 44. Ron recently sent me photos of his nicely restored 1930 Model 24 - attached and thanks, Ron! This particular machine started life as a rather special example, as it was powered by a dry sump 588 engine, and had what is described in the records as a TT footchange with neutral. This would have been a modified version of the Sturmey positive stop footchange fitted to some of the 1929 racing specification CS1s - and not one of their best efforts.
Ron asked if I knew how many of the four speed bikes were produced and the short answer was 'no!' But it set me on a little time waster to have a look at the despatch records. As Ron's bike is a saddle tanker I decided to check from early 1929 to Autumn 1930 (by which time 1931 models appear in the records in profusion) This is what I found:
1929 Model 14 : 21
Model 24 : 19
Model 34 : 4
Model 44 : NIL
1930 Model 24 : 6
All the rest: NIL
Based on these figures, no wonder survivors are few and far between!