1961 NOR­TON MODEL 30M MANX

Classic Bike (UK) - - EVENT -

This lovely Manx Nor­ton has been owned since 1961 by ven­dor Monty Bux­ton. Monty raced the Nor­ton on both short cir­cuits and at the TT, where he com­peted in 1961, ’63 and ’64. Monty called time on rac­ing in 1964, but the bike re­mained ac­tive in the hands of Tony Ward, Barry Randle (who fin­ished third in the 1968 Se­nior TT on the bike) and Peter El­more. Its fi­nal com­pet­i­tive out­ings were in the Manx GP clas­sic races be­tween 1991-95.

For much of its com­pet­i­tive life, the engine prepa­ra­tion was en­trusted to leg­endary Nor­ton tuner Ray Petty and some of his hand­writ­ten notes are in­cluded in the sale. In 2011, the bike un­der­went restora­tion by renowned Manx Nor­ton spe­cial­ists Sum­mer­field En­gi­neer­ing, at which time it was fit­ted with a four-lead­ing-shoe front brake, a belt pri­mary drive, Max­ton rear shocks, a six-speed gear­box and con­verted to en­closed valve springs. It has also been fit­ted with re­place­ment crankcases (stamped 204) at some stage. Lit­tle used since 2011, the bike will re­quire some recom­mis­sion­ing for the track, but should make an ex­cel­lent clas­sic era race bike. It is es­ti­mated to make £18,000-22,000.

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