What were the factory applied finishes on a 1956 model 99 ? What were optional colors? What did the fuel tank have? frame, fenders and wheels?
All solid colours, all tin parts, Polychromatic Grey, Red Post Office Red, Metalscent Blue, like Triumph Shell Blue, Land Rover Forest Green, all Two-Tones machines are post August-ish 1959!
Anna told me this information, so it should be pretty accurate!
I have only seen chrome plated tanks with grey paint (pin stripe surround and round badge ) , grey frame, headlight, primary cover and fenders on a 1956 99 twin, were their different color and combinations for that model and year?
I was around in the 50's and remember the post office red and green ones. I took a photo of a red one . Have it somewhere. Might have been Les Rogers bike. A restoration .by a very particular gent.
were there 1956 99's in black? Is there any reference material showing what was truly available in 1956?
A few pics from my collection. The Club Librarian should be able to supply more detailed information regarding model colours.
In 56 the standard colour was grey with an option for black. wheelrims had silver centers and red lining. The other colours came later . There was extra chrome availiable.
hello now Norton big twins were in mostly polychromatic grey or black and some export models were in light polychromatic blue or post office red or forest green right from1952 to 1959 but most Norton owners only seam to see in monochrome silver and black were I see in full technicolor 3D Now this evidence of Owners seeing in monochrome is abundant with there so called restorations as 90% turn out in silver and black and even the lightweights to like powder coating the lazy mans way out of doing the job instead doing it in right way, or owners have the fear of getting stuck in with a paint gun and most owners will not have a go that wheelbuilding too! saying it a dark art witch is bunkum, and like wiring a Norton these is nothing to it if you can read a wiring diagram and use a multimeter for testing, like eating cake, what are you afraid off if goes all wrong just start again ,its all about having ago and learning something new So you never learn anything if you do not get stuck In So have ago at doing it yourself even if it goes wrong this is called experience, Yours Anna J
The Answer to your question James ,depends on where in the world you are. The USA?.
Interesting ,different model 99 color schemes were available for different markets in 1956? I am located in the USA and have been looking at this bike for sale here, partially restored. Looks wrong to me, but I am no expert on these.
I'm no expert on these either, Colour scheme looks OK ,saddle a bit odd, front fender looks a bit new ,missing chainguard . Pretty much all there though. sits down a bit too much at rear, short shocks? 18" wheel? long forks?