Minichamps MIN122132400 1960 Norton Manx 500 Motorcycle - "#22", Ray Petty (1:12 Scale)
"German precision engineering at its finest!"
- The Motor Pool
The Norton Manx was a British motorcycle made by Norton Motorcycles and has been described as one of the most effective racing motorcycles of all time. The last Manx Nortons were sold in 1963. Even though Norton had pulled out of racing in 1954, the Manx had become the backbone of privateer racing and are highly sought after. In 1994 Andy Molnar of Molnar Precision Limited purchased the rights to the Manx name so the Norton Manx is now in production once again, manufactured to the exact original 1961 specification.
The Norton Manx was developed to win the Isle of Man TT from single overhead cam international racers by Norton racing team engineer Joe Craig. The double overhead cam configuration was developed in 1937 and after many problems perfected one year later. The Manx was delayed by the outbreak of World War II but reemerged for the 1946 Manx Grand Prix. The motorcycle was upgraded with new telescopic forks and in 1948 gained twin leading shoe brakes. In 1950 the innovative Featherbed frame was developed, giving the Manx a significant competitive advantage through a low centre of gravity and short wheelbase that was perfectly suited the challenging island TT course. The all-welded, tubular featherbed frame was light and trim, without the usual forgings that added unnecessary weight. In 1950 the featherbed Manx recorded a double hat-trick of podium positions at the TT.
The Manx engine was redesigned in 1953 with a much shorter stroke of 86 mm x 85.6 mm to improve the rev range.
Pictured here is a 1:12 scale replica of a 1960 Norton Manx 500 Motorcycle in silver that was tuned by Ray Petty. Comes packaged in a handsome presentation case. Back Order! Ship Date: 2014.
Length: 7 inches
Height: 3.50 inches
Release Date: 2007
Historical Account: "Post War Hero" - Post war, the Norton brand was renowned for the quality of the design and handling of their motorcycle frames, particularly the Norton Featherbed frame, developed through racing with riders inclduing Geoff Duke, John Surtees and Derek Minter. These racing succeses were transferred to the street through Cafe racers, who would use the feather bed frame with an engine from another manufacturer to make a hybrid machine with the best of both worlds. The most famous of these were Tritons - Triumph twin engines in a Norton frame.
In 1960, Norton was sold to Associated Motorcycles (AMC), who also owned the brands AJS, Matchless, Francis-Barnett and James. The Birmingham factory was closed and production was moved to AMC's Woolwich factory in Southeast London.