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Norton big twin engine numbers. #756412
11/17/18 9:45 pm
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I have a question and I'm not sure how to phrase it, so please bear with me. I just bought what I believe to be an early P11. The serial number starts out 1229**. In a paper written by Paul G. Morin titled The Atlas Hybrids - Part 2, he states that P11 " Engine Numbers 121007 to 129145 - Total Approximately 2500". If you add 2500 to 121007, you come out with 123507 as the last serial number if the 2500 quantity of P11's produced is accurate. I have personally seen several P11's with later numbers (in the 129*** range). That means Norton obviously stamped their cases with the serial numbers without the initial prefix of P11, 20M, N15, G15 etc. prior to installation. The model prefix added when the engine was placed in a chassis.
Now we get to the question - How can I verify where my P11 was in the sequence of P11's produced or better yet, where can I find documentation and not speculation? My P11 has a Matchless Tank Badge on it. I was informed by someone in the Matchless Owners club that approximately 500 P11's had Matchless tank badges and were titled as MATCHLESS.
Again where can I document this?
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Re: Norton big twin engine numbers. [Re: Samsmc1] #756420
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Originally Posted by Samsmc1
Now we get to the question - How can I verify where my P11 was in the sequence of P11's produced or better yet, where can I find documentation and not speculation? My P11 has a Matchless Tank Badge on it. I was informed by someone in the Matchless Owners club that approximately 500 P11's had Matchless tank badges and were titled as MATCHLESS.
Again where can I document this?


VMCC, UK NOC or Andover Norton.

https://vmcc.net/Factory-Records
https://www.nortonownersclub.org/records-dating
https://andover-norton.co.uk/en/factory-records/

Re: Norton big twin engine numbers. [Re: Samsmc1] #757897
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Rohan - every new motorcycle comes to the dealer with what's called an MSO (Manufacturers Statement of Origin). This is the document turned into the various states DMV's (Department of Motor Vehicles) here in the states upon the first registration of the new motorcycle. It has to have the brand name on it. If the information I received from an officer of the AJS/Matchless' club (U.S.) is correct and the P11's with Matchless badges were in fact titled as a Matchless, the dealer would not have had the option of placing whatever badge he wanted on the bike.
I know what year this P11 is, therefore what can the dating records tell me that I don't already know? Do you think the NOC can tell me where this bike was in the production line and verify the information I was given that this bike was titled as a Matchless?
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Sam

Re: Norton big twin engine numbers. [Re: Samsmc1] #758170
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MSO's have always been required by the various states, otherwise how would a dealer certify that this was a new vehicle being sold to the 1st owner.

Re: Norton big twin engine numbers. [Re: Rohan] #758613
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I was Ducati and Moto Guzzi dealer in the late '70's thru about 1993. I have seen a number of these documents. For many years we were allowed to purchase other new Motorcycles from dealers who carried other makes, so I've seen plenty of MSO's in my time.
Let's flip the question back in your direction - what documents did a new bike dealer in the UK or Australia get from the manufacturer or importer to turn in to the local authorities charged with registering new motor vehicles for the first time?
In answer to the other part of your question, MSO's were stamped or sealed by the Manufacturer or importer with their registered trademark. If anyone ever duplicated this document (reprinted new MSO.s and forged this trademark), they were in deep S**t when the forgery was discovered.
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Re: Norton big twin engine numbers. [Re: Samsmc1] #758617
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MSO seems to be US/NAFTA requirement, it used to be a requirement of Cummins when I worked for a company that exported goods from UK to the US. But it has never been a requirement within the UK or Europe and I doubt it forms any part of the VMCC/NOC records.

Re: Norton big twin engine numbers. [Re: Samsmc1] #758703
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What do VMCC/NOC records have to do with new bike licensing registrations? I would assume their records show when the vehicle was made, who it was shipped to if exported, who the selling dealer was either export or local and also who the warranty was registered to. I once ordered a new Shrine Harley that the dealer paid me to not take He subsequently exported the bike to Saudi Arabia, but Harley still had the warranty registered in my name even though I never took possession of the bike. I threw this in to demonstrate that new bike warranty registrations don't always tell the story. Tell me what documents were turned to the taxing and licensing authorities in the UK, Australia or any other country to obtain the original license plate, disc, sticker or whatever showed the local police that the vehicle was properly registered?
Sam

Re: Norton big twin engine numbers. [Re: Samsmc1] #758943
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The reason we're beating this up centers on the theory that the selling dealer could tag a new P11 as either a Matchless or Norton, which I can't see happened.
Rohan - you stated that you imported a used bike / that is an entirely different story. As yet, no one in this discussion can tell us what documents are presented to the licensing authorities in the UK or anywhere else except the US to register a NEW motorcycle.
Before we got sidetracked, my original question concerned "How can I verify where my P11 was in the sequence of P11's produced or better yet, where can I find documentation and not speculation". If I understand correctly, the NOC can only tell me what year this P11 is and probably who the selling dealer and original owners are.
Am I incorrect as to what the NOC can provide? Before I re title this bike here in Texas, I need to know how it was originally titled - Norton or Matchless?
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Sam

Re: Norton big twin engine numbers. [Re: Samsmc1] #760532
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Part of my question has been answered - Lyndon Taylor with the AJS Matchless Owners Club emailed me several one page color ads Berliner ran in various cycle magazines in the late '60's advertising Matchless P11's and G15's.
They had early P11's in the ads promoting the P11a - I thought that was funny / why not use pictures of the correct bike. I often question my sanity since I'm still fooling with this British J U N K with all of these early Indians and Harley's scattered around here !


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