I am wondering if you can help me or point me in the direction, my friend has a 1946 Norton motorbike 500cc, it was his dads, sadly his dad passed away a couple of years ago. His dad brought this Norton in 1946 and has owned it ever since. My friend has no access to the internet and has asked me to find out any info on this machine, such as history, what its worth etc as he is tentavily thinking of selling it. This bike has the original logbook with stamps, it has some insurance certificates up to 1956 when it was never ridden again and then dry stored in the back of his garage were it has been for over 40 years never seeing the light of day.
The information on the log book: It is a 1946 Norton 500 cc 16H, the engine number and the frame number (both still visible on the bike) are 2974, the registration number is GED 245 and on the log book the description of the bike states EXWD (which we take to mean as Ex War Department??) the registration date on the log book is 6 - 9 - 1946.
The bike has all the original fittings (including the original green painted frame) though it is dusty and dirty. My friend hasn't tried to start it as its been sat in the back of the garage for over 40 years, there is some slight pitting and surface rust here and there (minimal) and its covered in dust etc etc. I can get photos and post them but my friend wants to clean it up first. I restore old american cars and I've never seen anything this old in such first class condition, this would take no work whatsoever to bring it back to its original concourse condition, I was gobsmacked when I first saw it at the condition of it, my love is classic american cars and I've always owned them, bikes aren't my thing but I fell in love with this bike when I saw it.
The only thing missing off the bike is the rear mudguard, saddle and petrol tank, my friend would like to know if there is somewere were he could acquire these items and how much would they would cost as then if he decides to sell he could sell it complete. But how much the bike is worth now and how much it would be worth after being restored is beyond me or him??? Would it cost much and would it be worth getting someone to proffessionally restore it?? any help you could give us would be soooo much appreciated or if you could point us in the right direction for more advice on this subject. My email is [email protected]
Many thanks in advance guys and best regards
#1. "RE: Help on info for 1946 Norton" In response to Reply # 0
Google norton 16h
I found they made 100,000 of the WD models.
I found one that sold for £3700, it looked quite nice.
If yours is missing the body parts then you will have a challange before you for a bike that is not worth big bucks...but it would be nice to have and ride.
If you are here in noth america.....good luck finding parts
You will probably do better in UK.
#2. "RE: Help on info for 1946 Norton" In response to Reply # 0
Start watching ebay. I have been restoring a 1946 Model 18.
Norton took lotsa WD bikes and returned them to the civilian market after the war.
Finding sheet metal, tank and mudguards is hard and original metal is rare. There are some reproductions.
Here are several sites.
Two of these are Englishmen who now do business outside of the UK.
This site is great for WD's