1953 Norton Dominator Model 88

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Post Listing Update: This GSX-R sold for $4,922 after 8 bids on Iconic Motorbike Auctions in Marina del Rey, California.


Built to challenge Triumph’s Speed Twin, the Norton Dominator had several variations over its 15 year run. One of of the most influential ‘Dommies’ was the Model 88.

The 88 took Norton’s 500cc vertical twin and then put it in the instant classic Featherbed frame. The frame was incredibly rigid and helped contribute to racing success on and even off the track. Unfortunately, the 200 Model 88s that were being built each week suffered from rather poor quality control. For more on the history of the entire Dommie line, check out this great write-up from Classic British Motorcycles.

This example (VIN: 4842521708) went through “basically a cosmetic restoration” in 2010 with approximately $12,000 in receipts. There are a “lot of small mechanical repairs” as well as a repaint and rebuilt wheels – it’s numbers matching and the seller states that it “starts easily, runs, and operates with no issues.” He notes that the “seat is a little funky” and that another $952 was spent in 2018 on a tune-up and anti-drain valve install.

Find this Dominator for sale in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania with bidding up to $5,000 and the reserve not yet met here on eBay.

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