The original Norton Dominator, the Model 7 was designed by Bert Hopwood who had also worked on team that produced Triumph’s Speed Twin, a bike that Norton was trying desperately to emulate.
Fortunately for Norton the introduction of the race bred Featherbed frame designed by the McCandless brothers ensured that the Dominator’s superior handling soon surpassed the Speed Twin despite Norton’s manufacturing quality control issues. The 88 500cc model and the larger 600cc 99 became the bike of choice for the new breed of ‘ Cafe Racer’ bikers in the late 1960’s and early 1960’s and sold in high numbers both here and abroad, it is said that at the height of production over 200 bikes were built a week, a considerable amount considering the time.
Purchased in 2001 as a restoration project this bike was then subject to a comprehensive restoration by the vendor and then stored without much use. It remains in good to excellent condition throughout and is currently in running order, although buyers are advised that checks should be carried out before this bike is returned to road use. It is suppled with a UK V5C logbook, old MoT’s a few parts invoices and a Haynes workshop manual.