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• 1898 to 1939
From the inception of The Norton Manufacturing Co., the early side-valve singles, the racing Inters and Manxs and then on to wartime production

• Norton Trials History 1926 to 1939
A detailed account of the machines and riders who rode for Norton in trials over the pre-war period

• The War Department Model 16H and Big 4 Nortons 1936 to 1945
The story of how Norton built up its manufacture of military specification machines in the period leading up to, and during World War 11

• Norton Trials History 1945 to 1954
A detailed account of the machines and riders who rode for Norton in trials over the post-war period

• 1940 to 1958
The post-war singles, Roadholder telescopic forks and the renowned Featherbed frame.  Later, the AMC takeover, the first twin cylinder Norton and then the earlier Dominator Twins

• 1959 to 1970
One of the busier periods in Norton's history, involving the very last (and undistinguished) singles; the rather more distinguished Featherbed Inters and last Manxs; the later and larger Dominators; the smaller Lightweight Twins, the Atlas Hybrids and lastly the Commando

• 1967 to 1978
The development of the many Commando variants through to their demise

• 1978 to Present
The development of the rotary engined Nortons, several changes of ownership for the company and following a period of foreign ownership, the return of Norton to England

• The History of the Overhead Camshaft Norton
From the early days of the CS1 through the development of the Internationals and finally the DOHC Manx

• The Norton Twin Engine : Dominator - from Model 7 to Mercury
The evolution of the Norton twin engine from 1947 to 1968 over which time it increased in capacity from 500cc to 750cc

• The Norton Twin Engine : Commando
The continuation of the Norton twin story as the Commando engine from 1968 to the end in 1978 by which time it had reached a capacity of 828cc

• The Norton Lightweight Twins
The 250cc Jubilee, the 350cc Navigator and the 400cc Electra, Norton's first (and some Mk.lll Commando owners would say last) electric start motorcycle

• The Atlas Hybrids - Part 1
Norton engines in Matchless frames, nearly all exported and now greatly sought after. A comprehensive history of the G15 series from 1963 to 1967

• The Atlas Hybrids - Part 2
The next part of the hybrids story; a full description of the P11 series from 1967 to 1968

• Interpol
A detailed outline of the development history of this specific Commando variant

• The Norton Rotary
The development history of the Norton rotary engine

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