Norton Manx is Special

The 1961 Norton Manx Ken Taylor Special has been consigned to the next Charterhouse specialist auction of vintage and classic motorcycles on Wednesday 29th June.

“It is an extremely well-engineered and functional bike produced in the glorious period.” Commented George Beale. “It is a true collector’s item in every sense of the word and will look fabulous in any collection.”

This Norton was constructed by engineer and racer Ken Taylor assisted by famous race engineer Joe Potts. Joe Potts most likely modified the frame and he also produced a similar bike for Bob McIntyre.

The original shortened Norton forks were replaced in period by a set of Ken Sprayson Earles type using Renolds tubes. The original combined fuel/oil tank was also replaced by a conventional alloy type due to fuel leaks.

The engine is a short stroke over square 71mm X 63mm twin OHC with twin plug head and outside flywheel as per the works machines

A full description is shown in an article by John Griffiths featured in a 1961 copy of the ‘Motor Cycling‘ magazine which is included with the lot.

Still running well today, this Norton Manx Ken Taylor Special is estimated at £23,000-25,000 in the Charterhouse classic & vintage motorcycle auction being held at the prestigious Haynes International Motor Museum, Sparkford, Somerset on the 29th June.

For further information regarding this Norton Manx, or to consign a bike into the sale, contact George Beale and the team at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3BS via bikes@charterhouse-auction.com, 01935 812288

The Norton Manx Ken Taylor Special £23,000-25,000