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The Norton Owners Club library holds copies of a wide range of literature about Nortons.  These include books, sales brochures, price lists, test reports and other publications.

The collection is not available for loan, but the NOC Librarian can use the library to assist Members with researching information.

The following titles make a comprehensive, although not necessarily exhaustive, list of books about Nortons:- 

 

Please advise us of any other publications to add to this list

 

Norton Commando - The Complete Story

Author:- Matthew Vale Publisher:- The Crowood Press, 2011  ISBN 978 1 84797 238 5
Details:- Hardback, 192pp 245 x 190mm, with colour photos
Another large and comprehensive treatment of the Commando.  To be reviewed

Norton Tuning

Author:- Paul Dunstall Publisher:- Andover Norton, 2010  
Details:- Paperback
This book was written in the late 1960s and most of what is written still applies today. As the original was long out of print, the publisher approached Paul Dunstall who gave permission to reprint it and wrote a new foreword

The Essential Buyer's Guide - Norton Commando

Author:- Peter Henshaw Publisher:- Veloce Publishing, 2009  
Details:- Paperback, 64pp 139 x 195mm, with 100 mainly colour photos
A no-nonsense, straightforward guide to buying a Commando, The reality of living with a Norton Commando, Relative value of each model, Detailed, step-by-step guide – points to look for, Spares prices, Auction guide, Facts & figures, Restore, or pay more to start with?, Problems that arise from lack of use, Useful contacts – clubs, parts suppliers, restorers, Very detailed description of Commando development

The Scrapbook Series - Norton

Editor:- James Robinson Publisher:- Mortons, 2009  
Details:- Perfect bound A4, 132pp, with photos
A 'bookazine' of Norton history and development based around a collection of images from the Mortons Archive

Motorcycle Apprentice

Author:- Bill Cakebread Publisher:- Veloce Publishing, 2008 ISBN 1 84584 179 9
Details:- Hardback, 128pp, 101 pictures, 30 in colour
Life in the AMC factory where Nortons were produced 1963-1969 with unique photographs

Flat Tank Norton

Author:- George Cohen Publisher:- NortonGeorge Publishing, 2006 ISBN 0 95537 430 2
Details:- Hardback, 260pp, with 600 photos
With chapters on the 1907 TT, many stories about the pioneer record breakers at Brooklands and all of the author's archive material, 95 % of which has  previously been unpublished. Many stories from the likes of Rem Fowler, Dan O'Donovan, Rex Judd, Pat Driscoll, Dan Bradbury and of course letters and lectures by James Lansdowne himself

Norton Commando

Author:- Mick Duckworth Publisher:- Haynes, 2004 ISBN 1 84425 021 0
Details:- Hardback, 144pp, with colour and b&w photos
A very detailed description of Commando development

Norton

Author:- Mick Woollett Publisher:- Osprey, 1992 ISBN 1 85532 202 1

Details:-

Hardback, 320pp, with b&w photos
The largest and most comprehensive history of the marque yet written

Manx Norton

Author:- Mick Walker Publisher:- Aston Publishing, 1990 ISBN 0 94662 736 3
Details:- The history of these racing singles with black & white photos. A good read

Norton, The Complete Story

Author:- Derek Magrath Publisher:- Crowood, 1991 ISBN 1 85223 5454
Details:- 160pp
A nicely written history with illustrations throughout

Norton Classic Motorcycles

Author:- Don Morley Publisher:- Osprey, 1991 ISBN 1 85532 140 8
Details:- Colour photographs
A well printed photo book with full captions and text

Pictorial History of Norton Motorcycles

Author:- Jim Reynolds Publisher:- N.M.M./Temple, 1985 ISBN 0 60035 170 X
Details:- From the earliest days to 1958; well illustrated and fully captioned

The Norton Story

Author:- Bob Holliday Publisher:- Patrick Stephens, 1972 ISBN 0 85059 791 9
Details:- The original Norton history book, since brought up to date with reprints

The Unapproachable Norton

Author:- Bob Holliday Publisher:- Dalton Watson/Beaulieu Museum, 1979 ISBN 0 90156 444 3
Details:- A picture book with captions and good coverage of racing machines

Norton

Author:- Dennis Howard Publisher:- Ballantyne Books, 1972 ISBN 345 02437 0
Details:- Softback
A Norton history and a good read but it is rare to find copies in the UK

First Norton Knocker Scene

Author:- Bruce Main-Smith Publisher:- B.M.S. Ltd., 1979  
Details:- Bruce's photos of OHC Nortons. Lots of lovely Manxs and Inters

Norton Motorcycles 1928 to 1955

Author:- Bruce Main-Smith Publisher:- B.M.S. Ltd., 1959 ISBN 0 95024 126 1
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Norton - A Racing Legend

Author:- Jim Reynolds Publisher:- Apple Press, 1995  
Details:- Captioned picture book, b&w/colour photos and running text
Also covers road Nortons

Illustrated Motorcycle Legends - Norton

Author:- Roy Bacon Publisher:- Sunburst Books, 1996  
Details:- Captioned picture book, b&w and colour photos and running text
Many brochure illustrations of earlier machines
Also being sold as The Illustrated History of Norton

Built for Speed

Author:- John Griffith Publisher:- Temple, 1962  
Details:- Not solely a Norton book, but with many Nortons featured, including racing prototypes
Reprinted by Bruce Main-Smith Ltd.

Tuning The Norton Twin

Author:- Steve Robinson Publisher:-    
Details:-  

Norton Repair and Tune-up Guide

Author:-   Publisher:- Chilton, 1973 ISBN 0 80195 913 6
Details:-  

Norton Twin Restoration

Author:- Roy Bacon Publisher:- Osprey, 1987 ISBN 0 85045 708 4
Details:- Softback, 240pp with many b&w photos
Covers all twins including Jubilee and P11

Illustrated Norton Buyers Guide

Author:- Roy Bacon Publisher:- Niton Publishing, 1991 ISBN 1 85579 004 1
Details:- Identification and analysis of all post-1945 models, with plenty of photographs

Norton Tuning

Author:- Paul Dunstall Publisher:- Lodgemark Press ISBN 0 85077 091 2
Details:- 30pp in large format
How to hot up your Dominator or Commando

Norton Singles

Author:- Roy Bacon   Niton Publishing ISBN 1 85579 013 0
Details:- Pocket sized guide with plenty of illustrations
The first of 3 booklets in the Motorcycle Monograph series

Norton Dominator Twins 1949 - 1970

Author:- Roy Bacon Publisher:- Niton Publishing, 1990 ISBN 1 85648 306 1
Details:- Pocket sized guide with plenty of illustrations 56pp
The second of 3 booklets in the Motorcycle Monograph series
Reprinted in 1995 by The Promotional Reprint Co. Ltd. for Selectabook

Norton Commando - All Models

Author:- Roy Bacon Publisher:- Niton Publishing, 1990  
Details:- Pocket sized guide with plenty of illustrations 56pp
The third of 3 booklets in the Motorcycle Monograph series
Reprinted by The Promotional Reprint Co. Ltd. for Selectabook Ltd. in 1995

The Book of the Norton

Author:- W.C. Haycraft Publisher:- Pitmans, 1953  
Details:- Covers all side and overhead valve singles from 1932 to 1952 and OHC models to 1939

Norton Dominator Twins

Author:- W.C. Haycraft Publisher:- Pitmans, 1963  
Details:- Covers all Dominator models from 1955 to 1965

Norton Motor Cycles

Author:- Edgar Franks Publisher:- Pearson, 1950  
Details:- Covers all singles machines from 1932

Norton Motorcycles

Author:- P.L. Garratt Publisher:- Pearson, 1962  
Details:- Covers all singles and Dominator twins from 1948 to 1960; also Navigator from 1961 to 1962 and 650SS

Norton Motorcycles 1928-55

Author:- Edgar Franks Publisher:- Temple, 1959  
Details:- Covers all singles plus Model 7 and Model 88. Republished by Bruce Main-Smith Ltd.

Norton Service and Overhaul Manual

Author:- Fred Neill Publisher:- Lodgemark Press  
Details:- Covers all early 1960s singles and twins, including Jubilee and Atlas

Norton 500, 600, 650 and 750 Twins Workshop Manual

Author:- D.J. Rabone Publisher:- Haynes, 1974  ISBN 0 85696 187 6
Details:- The manual for all the big twins from 1957 to 1970, including the Atlas hybrids

Norton Commando Workshop Manual

Author:- Jeff Clew Publisher:- Haynes, 1978 ISBN 0 85696 125 6
Details:- The manual for all the Commando variants, 750cc and 828cc from 1967 to 1977

Twin Cylinder Manual for The Unapproachable Norton

Author:-   Publisher:- Clymer Publishing, USA, 1972  
Details:- Softback, 88pp, with b&w photos
Covers the Lightweight Twins, Models 88 & 99, 650SS, 750 Atlas and 750 G15 CS
Detailed information on all the Models listed, based on the Norton Factory Shop Manual

NOC Commando Service Notes

Author:- Tim Stevens Publisher:- Norton Owners Club, 1979 Out of print
Details:- Hints and tips for all Commandos, including electric start

Norton 750 and 850 Commandos - All Years

Author:- Mike Bishop Publisher:- Clymer Publishing, USA ISBN 0 89287 158 X
Details:- A service, repair and performance manual

Tech Digest

Editor:- Mike Frick Publisher:- International Norton Owners Association, 1999  
Details:- Version 3.2, b&w
Handy hints and tips for Commando models with some information for Atlas

Norton Singles

Author:- Roy Bacon Publisher:- Osprey, 1983 ISBN 0 85045 485 9
Details:- Hardback, 192pp with b&w photos
A technical and general history of all singles from 1927 to 1966

Norton Twins

Author:- Roy Bacon Publisher:- Osprey, 1981  ISBN 0 85045 423 9
Details:- Hardback, 192pp with b&w photos
A technical and general history of all lightweight and heavyweight twins

Norton Rotaries

Author:- Kris Perkins Publisher:- Osprey, 1991 ISBN 1 855321 81 5
Details:- Hardback, with b&w photos
Pictures of rather poor quality but otherwise a complete and in-depth technical history

The Manx Norton

Author:- Mick Walker Publisher:- Redline Books, 2001 ISBN 0 9531311 4 9
Details:- A comprehensive history of the Manx Norton, including information on tuners and the current classic racing scene

Norton - The Racing Story

Author:- Mick Walker Publisher:- The Crowood Press, 2002 ISBN 1 86126 546 8
Details:- A history of the Norton racing motorcycle

Manx Norton

Author:- C.J. Ayton Publisher:- Haynes, 1985 ISBN 0 85429 452 X
Details:- The 1st. of 3 booklets in the Super Profile series. Slim, but much useful information and reprinted road tests

International Norton

Author:- C.J. Ayton Publisher:- Haynes, 1985 ISBN 0 85429 365 5
Details:- The 2nd. of 3 booklets in the Super Profile series. Slim, but much useful information and reprinted road tests

Norton Commando

Author:- Jeff Clew Publisher:- Haynes, 1983 ISBN 0 85429 335 3
Details:- The 3rd. of 3 booklets in the Super Profile series. Slim, but much useful information and reprinted road tests

Norton Commando Gold Portfolio

Author:- R.M. Clarke Publisher:- Brooklands Books, 1995  
Details:- B&W illustrations
Roadtests and Commando related articles taken from the motorcycle press in 1968 and 1977

British Motorcycles Since 1950 (volume 3)

Author:- Steve Wilson Publisher:- Patrick Stephens, 1986 ISBN 0 85059 626 2
Details:- Hardback, 224pp, with b&w photos
Not solely devoted to Norton but 150 pages devoted to the marque

Norton from 1946

Author:- Cyril Ayton Publisher:- Bay View Books, 1988 ISBN 1 87097 900 1
Details:- Roadtests and Norton articles up to 1968 from the Motor Cycle and Motor Cycling magazines

Cycle World on Norton 1962-71

Author:-   Publisher:- Brooklands Books, 1987 ISBN 1 86982 663 9
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Norton Commando

Author:-   Publisher:- Cycleserv (Australia), 1972 ISBN 0 90996 907 8
Details:-  

Garden Gate Manx


Author:-
Niels Schoen Publisher:- New Step 3D ISBN 978-90-9029193-2
Details:- Hardback, 164pp, with 300 illustrations
A coffee table book with many images in 3D depicting the detailed rebuild of the author's plunger Norton

Norton Toute L'Histoire

Author:- Didier Ganneau Publisher:- EPA (France), 1987 ISBN 2 85120 256 11
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Norton Commando Motoscopie

Author:- Christian Guislain Publisher:- Gallet (France), 1993 ISBN 2 91025 902 1
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Norton Commando Revue Moto Technique

Author:- Nestor Elyn Publisher:- ETAI (France), 1984 ISSN 0 1507214
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Norton Commando Onderhouds Notities

Author:-   Publisher:- NOC (Belgium), 1990  
Details:-  

Norton Commando Onderdelenbo

Author:-   Publisher:- NCN (Netherlands), 1987  
Details:-  

Norton Commando Werkplaats Handboek

Author:-   Publisher:- NCN (Netherlands), 1984 ISBN9 09000 741 5
Details:-  

Norton Commando Reparaturanleitung

Author:-   Publisher:- Bucheli (Switzerland),1977 ISBN 3 71681 319 2
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Norton Commando Rennmotorräder

Author:- Christian Spahn Publisher:- Serag (Switzerland), 1986 ISBN 3 90800 745 3
Details:-  

 

From original data compiled by Peter Thistle, Norton Owners Club; with later additions

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