Launched in 1948, the original 497cc Dominator was designed by Bert Hopwood to compete against the Triumph Speed Twin which he had also helped to design.
The 596cc featherbed-framed Model 99 was introduced in 1956 as a larger capacity version of the 500cc Model 88. The 99 had a power output of 31bhp, partly due to a higher compression ratio possible with the alloy head introduced a year earlier. Full-width alloy hubs with improved brakes had also been introduced a year earlier, preparatory for the capacity increase from 500cc to 600cc.
First registered in April 1961, this 600cc twin has had just two owners from new, the current since 2010. The engine and gearbox have recently been rebuilt by respected Norton gurus Norville, with receipts for over £15,000. Last MOT’d and on the road in 2013, this superb bike with cool Cafe Racer styling comes to us from a private collection and has barely been used since the rebuild. It looks fast just standing still and we like it a lot.