California Norton distributor Bob Blair was approached by importer, Joseph Berliner of Berliner Motor Corp., to find competition for the almighty TT Special desert racer from Triumph. Based on the successes of the Norton/Matchless hybrids of earlier in the decade, he mounted a Norton Atlas 750cc twin cylinder engine in a Matchless G85CS frame for the prototype. Made of 531 Reynolds lightweight steel, the power to weight ratio of the package was further accentuated by using a small alloy gas tank and lightweight cycle parts.
A rare beast, with only 2,500 built, the production bike featured a Norton P11 engine, developed from the Atlas and geared towards exportation for the latest desert racing craze, though was a formidable oval track weapon with fettling.
The 1967 Norton 750cc P11 on offer here is from a discerning Southern California collector of British 1960s machinery. Unfortunately, his recent passing has left little by way of an history file on the bike. This beautifully presented motorcycle attained a First Place for the Street Motorcycle class at. The 2019 Steve McQueen Car and Motorcycle Show in Chino Hills, CA and a Best of Show at the Orange County Vintage Bike Show in 2018. It remains in excellent condition and will need very minor re-commissioning to return to reliable use.
Sold on a clean, clear California title.
Engine no. P11/124868