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Norton D2-492-65-10
Photo ou archives : F-M. Dumas

Capacity : 500
Model : International mod. 30
Production : 1932 -
Category : (R) Racing


500 International I Model30 · 1932

Born on the track

In 1931, the Norton team, headed by Stanley Woods and made up of Tim Hunt, Jimmie Simpson and Jimmy Guthrie, dominated the European GP scene, with first- and second place victories in the 350 and 500cc classes in the Isle of Man and Dutch TTs and the Belgian, Swiss and Ulster GPs - plus, for good measure, 500cc victories in the French and German GPs. In late 1931, to make the most of its racing success, a road-equipped sports replica was unveiled at the London Show.

A Genuine Replica

Named Norton International to emphasize the fact that it was derived from the marque's racing models, this novelty was available as the 350cc Model 40 and 500cc Model 30. The British magazine Motor Cycle headlined the fact that these "really are genuine replicas of the Nortons raced during the year."

Still Eye-Catching

The classic lines of the International never lost their appeal. The engine, designed by Arthur Carroll, the design office chief, in collaboration with Joe Craig to replace the CS1 (created by Walter Moore in 1927), was mounted very low - just 3.5 inches ground clearance- and the transmission was a classic Sturmey-Archer. The finishing touch was a superb two-gallon fuel tank with crimped edges, painted in Norton's traditional silver-and-black finish with red pinstripes. The International remained in the catalogue until the mid-1950s, and its racing version, which later spawned the Manx, was the mainstay of the entry lists in 350 and 500cc racing for many years.


Engine: 490cc (71x88mm) air-cooled singlecylinder four-stroke; ML magneto ignition

Power Rating: 28 hp@ 6000 rpm

Valves: overhead-camshaft

Fuel System: Amal 27 TT carburetor

Transmission: separate Sturmey-Archer 4- speed, chain final drive

Suspension: girder forks (front); rigid (rear)

Brakes: 7 inch drum (front & rear)

Wheels: 3.00x21 inch (front & rear)

Weight: 348 lb

Maximum Speed: 90 mph with road equipment


The Norton International is one of the most outstanding sports bikes of all time. This actual bike was the first International exported to Belgium, in 1932.

Motorcycle encyclopedia Moto Passion, realised by François-Marie Dumas, include almost 2000 photos presented with an exhaustive history of the motorcycles exhibited.

This unique collection has been realised with the participation of many specialists. With many thanks in particular to Yves Campion, Michael Dregni, Didier Ganneau, Jean Goyard, Helmut Krackowizer, Michel Montange, Christian Rey, Bernard Salvat, Mick Woollett, etc

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  • Original cards on paper (in french)
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