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Found on eBay: 1974 John Player Norton

by Landon Hall

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While it's not the rarest Norton in the U.S., the John Player Norton is one of those bikes a whole generation of gearheads longed for. And while this one is definately in need of some serious restoration work, it looks to be a numbers-matching JPN, though the seller welcomes more information anyone may have on the provenance of the motorcycle.

According to the auction, the current buyer bought the JPN as part of a lot of a few bikes, and its history is unknown. As best the current owner can tell, it features the original fairings, correct rearsets and clip-ons. It is apparently missing the gas tank (which lives underneath the white fiberglass tank cover on a JPN), mufflers, key, a chain and some other various parts.

Though this is definately a work in progress, if this could be verified as an original JPN and not a replica, it could be well worth the time, money and effort it would take to restore it to pristine condition. Are you up to the challenge?

To visit the auction for this 1974 John Player Norton, go here. 

To read the Motorcycle Classics story on the John Player Norton, go here.