1965 Norton P800
Around 1964 rumours were to be heard that a
new Norton unit construction twin with parallel
cylinders tilted forward in the frame and with
twin overhead camshafts, was in the offing.
In fact, the machine that had been glimpsed
was a prototype that was undergoing test mileage.
The rumours were correct - it was a twin with
tilted cylindres and it did have twin overhead
camshafts. These were chain driven - the chain
running through a triangular arrangement of
tubes on the timing side of the engine. The
engine was of 800cc capacity and built in unit
with a 5 speed gearbox. This was housed in a
Featherbed frame with standard wheels abd front
forks. A twin leading shoe front brake was used.
The engine number was P 10/1 and the machine
bore the registration number HGN 36 C. It was,
however, only a prototype and with a received
being appointed to Associated Motor Cycles Ltd
in 1966, nothing more was heard.