Motorcycle Types Adventure / Dual-Sport Carmel Bonhams: 50s Norton Manx & Daytona

Carmel Bonhams: 50s Norton Manx & Daytona

2011-carmel-bonhams-norton-manx-and-daytona 2Norton Race Motorcycles

Bonhams is delighted to announce the addition of two unique competition machines to its third annual motorcycle auction at Quail Lodge on May 14, 2011.

The 1959 Norton Manx 500 and 1956 Norton Daytona 500 will be in good company as they join a line-up of bikes that includes Steve McQueen’s 1971 Husqvarna.

Norton Manx

Perhaps the most iconic of Norton’s models, the Manx, named for the ancient dialect spoken by the inhabitants of the Isle of Man, the location of the world’s most renowned motorcycle race, was made for one purpose: speed.

This Manx is an AFM/ACA National championship winner ridden to victory in the 1960s by Buddy Parriot, the first American to ever win GP points – on this very bike – and who once came in second on a Norton only to the legendary Mike Hailwood. Moreover, Parriot had this bike serviced by expert Clarence Czysz, whom the Motorcyclist called “one of America’s greatest tuners.”

In the Parriot family ownership for 48 years and only ever ridden by Buddy, this race bike underwent a complete ground-up restoration just a few years ago by famous Norton racer Tony Murphy and is in authentic and perfect condition.

Norton Daytona

Made by the Norton factory specifically to race on the ocean sands of Daytona Beach, Florida, the Daytona model is indeed unique and rare too, since only a handful of these purpose-built works racers were ever created.

This motorcycle has been in the same family ownership for a half-century and was campaigned extensively in AMA and AFM amateur races, including Daytona, earning several documented podium placements.

With proven race history, there are few better examples of these two legendary British competition models available anywhere.

The Bonhams spring motorcycle sale will take place on Saturday, May 14th at the Quail Lodge in sunny Carmel Valley, California.

Consignments are still being accepted for a limited time and interested sellers may call 415-391-4000 or e-mail usacars@bonhams.com.

To order a catalog and register to bid as a buyer in this auction – in person or remotely, the same contact methods apply.2011-carmel-bonhams-norton-manx-and-daytona 1

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling.

Ducati Team Signs Jack Miller for MotoGP in 2021

Before a MotoGP race has been run in 2020, the Ducati Team has signed Jack Miller for its 2021 MotoGP factory squad. Miller, 25,...

Lieback’s Lounge: Rookie Mistakes & Homemade Gaskets

There was a vague smell of gas, but I thought nothing of it. That changed quickly about 50 miles into a 200-mile ride after fueling...

Emula Concept First Look: With 2electron McFly Technology

One of the prime complaints many motorcyclists have about electric motorcycles is that they don’t deliver the visceral experience that comes from an internal...

2020 Yamaha Power Assist Bicycles Review: Two Electric Choices

While not a motorcycle, as we interpret it, a pedal-assisted electric bicycle just might be a gateway product to owning a motorcycle. With that...

Editor’s Choice: Al Phillips Collection at Mecum Indy 2020 Auction

Noted motorcycle collector Al Phillips will be selling 25 motorcycles from his collection at the Mecum Indy 2020 auction at the Indiana State Fairgrounds....

2020 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS Buyers Guide: Specs & Price

Based on the dragstrip-scorching Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R, the 2020 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS is a civilized coast-to-coast sport-touring motorcycle that does not lack for...