1936 Norton Manx

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1936 Norton Manx Early Factory Racer

Norton’a impressive reputation was founded on its considerable success on the race track. The firs engine to carry Norton’s own name, a single-cylinder design, was produced in 1908. The company went on to develop a wide variety of singles – from racers to touring bikes to simple workhorse machines.

The model shown here is a 500cc 1936 Norton International, Borro Castellani’s race bike. It has been documented and authenticated by both Castellanis himeself and his mechanic, Cranely Jarmin. This motorcycle has seen numerous victories, including the DJ (Durban to Johannesburg) as well as TT history. At the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa, the bike is accompanied by a folder with many pictures and articles provided by Castellani.

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