1949 Norton Dominator Model
Although Rem Fowler won the 1907 TT on a Peugeot
engined V-twin Norton, the firm had a long tradition
of manufacturing single cylinder machines only.
The first notice of separture from this practice
was the announcement in November 1948 of a high
performance 497cc ohv vertical twin.
The complete machine was based on the ES2 frame,
forks and hearbox but the engine, designed by
Bert Hopwood, was completely new and was to
be the basis of the range of Norton twins.
Very well received by press and public, the
Model 7 continued without major alteration to
specification until 1952. Norton had got it
right first time and the very handsome machine
created comment wherever it was seen, both at
home and on the continent.
Engine - 66 x 72.6mm, 497cc, Norton ohv
vertical twin engine, cast iron barrel and
Power - 29bhp @ 6000rpm
Frame - Triangulated cradle type with plunger
rear springing and Norton Roadholder front
Price new - £215.18.0