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1965 Norton P800

1965 Norton P800

Around 1964 rumours were to be heard that a new Norton unit construction twin with parallel cylinders tilted forward in the frame and with twin overhead camshafts, was in the offing. In fact, the machine that had been glimpsed was a prototype that was undergoing test mileage. The rumours were correct - it was a twin with tilted cylindres and it did have twin overhead camshafts. These were chain driven - the chain running through a triangular arrangement of tubes on the timing side of the engine. The engine was of 800cc capacity and built in unit with a 5 speed gearbox. This was housed in a Featherbed frame with standard wheels abd front forks. A twin leading shoe front brake was used.

The engine number was P 10/1 and the machine bore the registration number HGN 36 C. It was, however, only a prototype and with a received being appointed to Associated Motor Cycles Ltd in 1966, nothing more was heard.