Norton Buys Back Heritage Bikes

55 Classic Models Purchased from Private Collector to Celebrate Norton History

A view of the motorcycles that Norton purchased from a private collector

Norton’s now got an extra fleet of their classic bikes at their headquarters, courtesy of one Ian Loram – a gent with an absolutely bananas passion for Norton motorcycles

The collection, according to MCN, was recently purchased from Lorem and contains British-built machines that were manufactured in the sweet spot between 1916 and 1992.

A view of the motorcycles that Norton purchased from a private collector

“I started collecting Norton Motorcycles in the late 90s and would take every approach to not miss an opportunity to buy a rare Norton on sale,” Loram says. 

“So many of the bikes hold a very special memory but it’s now a collection for the [Norton] headquarters to enjoy...James ‘Pa’ Norton always strived to innovate and, having my facility tour during the handover of the collection, I was filled with a wonderful sense that Pa would be very proud of what is being done in his name.”

A view of the motorcycles that Norton purchased from a private collector

Among other units, Lorem’s collection has an iconic 1921 Model 1 ‘Big four’ – a biggie, since Norton founder James Lansdowne Norton purportedly called it his favourite bike. 

the report also shows  a 1930 DT speedway bike (one of 53, if you can believe it), a 1929 CJ350 (one of under 200), and a 1968 Norton Atlas Police motorcycle ‘previously used for Royal Family escorts.’

A view of the motorcycles that Norton purchased from a private collector

“It is highly unusual for any major manufacturer to have the chance to purchase such a large, high quality, collection that represents the history of your brand, all in one go,” admits Norton’s current CEO, Dr Robert Hentschel. 

“Norton has a near 125-year history that is unrivalled in the motorcycle world – and one we want to celebrate now and in the future.”

With the collection now firmly a part of Norton’s Heritage collection at their headquarters, we look forward to seeing the gradual culmination of the British-based brand’s near-125 year history in the motorcycle community. 

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*Media sourced from MCN*