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LOT 553 - 1988 Norton 588cc

This motorcycle is to be auctioned at our Live and Online Winter Sale, Hanger 113, Bicester Heritage, OX26 5HA. Please click the link to see the full online Lot listing: https://www.bonhams.com/wintersale SALE TIMES Friday 11 December Spares & Memorabilia (Lot 1 - 112) 9am The National Motorcycle Museum Reserve Collection (Lots 201 – 252) 11am Saturday 12 December Motorcycles (Day 2) (Lots 501 – 708) 10am VIEWING In light of the current government guidelines and relaxed measures we are delighted to welcome viewing, strictly by appointment. All the lots will be on view at Bicester Heritage in our traditional Hangar 113. We will ensure social distancing measures are in place, with gloves and sanitiser available for clients wishing to view motorcycle history files. VIEWING TIMES Wednesday 9 December 9am to 5pm Thursday 10 December 9am to 5pm Friday 11 December 9am to 5pm (Lots 501 – 708 only) LIVE AND ONLINE AUCTION Please note that whilst public viewing is available by appointment, the auction itself will be conducted from a remote saleroom, behind closed doors without public access, in accordance with the current government guidelines. All bidding will be conducted via Online, Telephone and Absentee Bidding. Please contact our Bids Department to register. AUCTION ADDRESS Hangar 113 Bicester Heritage Buckingham Road Bicester Oxfordshire OX26 5HA PROPERTY OF A DECEASED'S ESTATE 1988 NORTON 588CC CLASSIC REGISTRATION NO. F805 NVT FRAME NO. LE091 ENGINE NO. LE091 Norton's rotary-engined roadster debuted in 1982 as the police-specification Interpol, though it would be 1987 before the motorcycling public got to sample the rotary's excellent handling and smooth, almost vibration-free engine in the form of the Classic. Conceived as a limited edition model - only 100 examples were made - the Classic is today one of the most collectible of modern Nortons. Number '091' of the 100 built, this Classic was sold new to its late owner on 1st August 1988 and comes with its original plastic wallet containing the original factory log book, owner's manual, and embroidered patch. Additional paperwork consists of the original purchase invoice; various Service Release notifications; old/current V5/V5C documents; and 13 MoTs issued between 1991 and 2004. The tax disc in the (detached) holder expired on 31st July 2005 and it is believed the Classic has not been ridden since then. The current odometer reading is 4,200 miles. Also on file is a page of notes detailing various cleaning and servicing tasks undertaken in 2016 and 2019, including fitting new brake pads; stripping and cleaning the carburettors and fuel tap; and draining the fuel system (it should be noted that the filler cap is seized). Unused for some considerable time, the machine will require recommissioning or restoration to a greater or lesser extent and is sold strictly as viewed. Accordingly, prospective bidders must satisfy themselves as to the condition and completeness prior to bidding. GBP6,000 - 7,000 €6,700 - 7,800 As with all Lots in the Sale, this Lot is sold 'as is/where is' and Bidders must satisfy themselves as to the provenance, condition, age, completeness and originality prior to bidding.
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