1955 Norton Manx Dominator/Atlas

This 1955 Norton offered up on eBay is a very good example of the breed. Not the Norton breed, but what can be done, has been done, for generations. It is a execution of a style, a look, something that started with form following function, but now HAS become a style. And it looks like it will go like stinks as well.

From the Seller.

1955 NORTON “Eileen”


Atlas 750cc

Wideline Featherbed frame (original, not remade)

Commando front end.

Commando front brake with racing brake cams.

Commando instruments.

The Norton Featherbed was and evolution in motorcycle frame design. Rex and Cromie McCandless designed their frame in 1949 and went to Norton and said that it would make the already world beating Norton’s better. It did. It likely extended the life of the 500cc Manx single another 10 years. The Featherbed frame made it into production Norton’s soon after, and in the hands of the young Britons of the 1960’s it also cradled Triumph engines to become Tritons. The seller lists the bike as a Triton style bike, but without the Triumph engine I see this more as a Manx Style.

More from the seller

This machine runs and rides EXCELLENT!! NOT LEAKS, NO SMOKE and ABSOLUTELY NO ISSUES. Built by Chuck Koshiol of ZAP Cycles. This bike has been babied and adored. New tires and tubes. Ready to ride or show. Clear title in my name. Bike is titled, plated and insured to me. Number plates are just for show. Bike NEVER raced. Front number plate is suction cup mounted and pops right off for riding. MUST SEE IN PERSON to APPRECIATE. No reserve

The seller also gives the laundry list of internal and external modifications, additions and subtractions that created this build. They highlight some of the “go to” manufactures when wanting to create a bike like this. It show the investment in time as well as money that went into this build. Like all projects like this, for the seller they will be losing some money, and for the buyer they will be saving money and time in buying a ready to ride bike like this. The seller tells us that the only reason for the sale is for a much larger project, its called a house. Best of luck to the builder and the buyer. BB

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2 Responses

  1. JD Orth says:

    Thank you so much for the nice things you posted about my Norton. I really appreciate it. Cheers. JD

  2. Djani says:

    Alas, I do not know much about Nortons but this one truly appears “unapproachable”. What a drop dead gorgeous machine! Dark day for the seller, but sunshine for the buyer.