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27 May 2017

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Lot 120

1963 Norton Manx 30M

  • Frame no. 102784

Sold for $26,325

Documents: Bill of Sale

Please note that this lot is sold on a Bill of Sale.

  • Believed to be Jack Ahearn’s winning ride from the 1964 Finnish GP
  • Extensively raced professionally and privately
  • Restored by Summerfield Engineering in 1994

The Norton Manx 30M on offer is believed to have been owned by Jack Ahearn, winner of the 1964 Finnish Grand Prix and runner-up to that year’s World Championship. Arguably the world’s best privateer racer ever, having been beaten largely by only Works racers during his 50-year career.

After passing out of Ahearn’s hands, the Norton went on to another racer who participated in the 1967 Manx GP. Finally sold in 1994 to a collector, the Manx was entirely restored to its glory days by Summerfield Engineering. Although the frame had to be partially replaced during restoration, the section with the correct frame number survives. On offer here is one of the most legendary racing motorcycles of the last century.

• Si reputa essere la moto usata da Jack Ahearn per vincere il GP di Finlandia del 1964
• Intensa attività sportiva, sia come ufficiale sia con privati
• Restaurata dalla Summerfield Enginnering nel 1994

La Norton Manx 30M offerta in vendita si crede sia quella appartenuta a Jack Ahearn, vincitore del Gran Premio di Finlandia del 1964 ed uno dei principali pretendenti al titolo di quell’anno. Ahearn è sicuramente il miglior pilota privato di sempre, essendo stato battuto, durante i suoi 50 anni di carriera, praticamente solo dai piloti ufficiali.

Dopo essere stata ceduta da Ahearn, la Norton è stata acquistata da un altro corridore che l’ha utilizzata nel Manx GP del 1967. Venduta ad un collezionista nel 1994, la Manx è stata totalmente restaurata dalla Summerfield Engineering, che l’ha riportata agli splendori originali. Sebbene alcune parti del telaio abbiano dovuto essere sostituite durante i lavori di restauro, la parte che riporta il corretto numero di telaio è ancora al suo posto. In vendita una delle più leggendariie moto da corsa del secolo scorso.

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