Late twenties Norton tank colors

SG– I just lately bought a request from Bruno concerning the color of the tanks of his late twenties CS1 Norton; my reply is reproduced under. 

The query of tank portray isn’t one which now we have mentioned a lot prior to now.  Nonetheless it  by no means ceases to amaze me how lots of the professionals, nonetheless good their precise expertise, handle to do a really poor job of portray Norton tanks. It appears as in the event that they copy different trendy inaccurate restorations and don’t trouble to even take a look at the quite a few ORIGINAL photographs which exist of, for example, late twenties CS1s or different Nortons of the identical interval.  Until one is fortunate sufficient to have one of many giant racing tanks used on the works machines on the finish of the twenties, then it seems to me that these used on 1928/9 CS1s and ES2s and on just about all of the 1929 fashions had the identical lining. On the time it’s probably that the liner was all utilized by brush and by hand and there might properly have been small variations between one painter’s work and that of one among his colleagues.  I connect (above) a few photographs of a tank from 1929 which was unique (I not have it) and in addition a part of a letter (under) I despatched in 2007 giving some dimensions and in addition feedback about oil tank lining. I like to recommend you are taking a cautious take a look at the assorted photographs of unique and unrestored machines on the net web site – ignoring the works bikes – and use them and my photographs/dimensions as steering. 

I don’t personally know the particular color codes for the purple lining (maybe RUBY RED is an accurate description) or the silver for that matter however the normal opinion lately is that the silver utilized by Ford Motor firm – their spec. FORD SILVER FOX – could be very near the unique Norton shade. 

PS. Andrew, whose CS1 has been on the location earlier than, has accomplished some checking on the paint shades he has used on  Classic Norton tanks over the previous twenty years or so.  I’ve additionally despatched him a paint pattern taken from the world underneath the knee grip of my former tank (see posting of 5/12/22).  Listed below are his feedback:


“Initially I used Opel Silver Mist code 17u which matched the paint on the CS1 tank once I purchased the bike within the first place.  And of the colors I’ve used, the closest to your pattern occurs to be the identical – Opel Silver Mist code 17u! However after all, with all paints, the ultimate shade depends on the undercoat color and silver metallic high coats profit from a light-weight gray undercoat.


George Cohen wrote in his weblog again in 2002: Norton Silver may be replicated by utilizing: 1974 VW Beetle Silver or Vauxhall Star Silver Mist, or, for the greeny patina, use Vauxhall Platinum Starfire Metallic or VW  Audi Platinum (ICI:L98G 9305B).


I’ve since re-sprayed my CS1 tank with BMW Lachssilber 203, which is a little bit darker and which I desire.”


Thanks to your enter, Andrew!