Custom Cafe Replica Bike
Roger Goldammer is as sensitive to the stigma of simulacra as the next connoisseur. "Whether it’s an auto manufacturer re-doing the Mustang or a screenwriter re-writing a movie," he admits, "borrowing from the past is a risky thing." And yet his latest creation, a stylized re-interpretation of the mid-century Manx Norton, embodies a certain purists-be-damned exuberance.
Manx Norton to moped: Ariel to Zundapp – To Sell At Auction With No Reserve
The Cooper Collection of motorcycles mothballed for 30 years will be auctioned by Bonhams on June 20th at their new premises at Kidlington, near Oxford, in association with the world famous VMCC Banbury Run. The bikes range in estimates from £100 to £10,000 and will be sold without reserve.
Norton’s domination at the Isle of Man during the 1930s earned their race bikes the “Manx” appellation, and by 1950, an innovative tubular steel “Featherbed” chassis further advanced the breed. Norton’s two World Championship titles in 1951 reaffirmed the company’s “Unapproachable Norton” slogan, though more powerful MV Agustas and Gileras would eventually depose the British brand.