–SG– With a number of exceptions, it appears to me that almost all of these interested by pre-war Nortons look primarily at OHV/OHC Fashions and the work-horse SV machines do not appeal to as a lot consideration. I lately exchanged messages with David who’s promoting his 1930 Large 4/Mannequin 1 on Automotive and Basic. It is a matching numbers bike despatched in late March 1930 to a supplier in Tunbridge Wells referred to as R Carey who in flip delivered it to his native buyer a number of days later. It doesn’t present within the information that it was fitted with a sidecar however this might properly have been completed by the supplier and it could, I believe, have been uncommon on the time to make use of a Large 4 as a solo. Whereas wanting up the small print of this machine within the information, I did a fast examine on what number of Mannequin 1s had been really bought on the time by the manufacturing unit. The reply is surprisingly few – in 430 entries from January 1930, there have been simply 29 Mannequin 1s. Evaluate this with a examine on the identical interval in 1925 and the result’s 93. To a substantial extent this distinction might be attributable to the world broad monetary despair prevalent within the early thirties however one other contributory issue might merely have been an inclination for sidecar customers to be tempted to go for low cost 4 wheeled transport supplied by the Austin 7, Morris 8 and so on. The machine appears eminently usable and in good order and anybody can contact David direct – his cell phone quantity is 07973508804.