Norton 1931-32 Spare Parts List: Arthur Carroll CS1 (SOHC) and ES2 (OHV Models) - A4 Facsimile

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This is a high quality facsimile of the original Norton 1931-32 Spare Parts Catalog, but printed in A4 format. The main spare parts list covers SOHC (Arthur Carroll design) and OHV ES2 models, but many cycle parts listed are the same for all models (see listing for more detail on this).

We print these pre-war catalogs in larger format as they did not use 'Exploded' diagrams - therefore A4 format makes the pictures much easier to see.  All else as per original - see detail information for more information. 

This is a particularly rare catalog - and to my knowledge is the very first catalog to show details of the 'Arthur Carroll' type SOHC engine design - which went on in later years to become the Norton International and eventually Manx Norton.  What makes this catalog so interesting is that it details the very earliest SOHC cambox design, identifiable by having a more 'rounded' front bevel cover design than the later cambox design that replaced it the following year.

To my knowledge, this is also the last Norton Spare PArts Catalog that showed the '3 tube' Rear stay frame, and of course, Sturmey Archer gearbox fitted to SOHC and ES2 models (prior to the Norton design that followed in 1934).

This facsimile has been faithfully coped from a genuine 1931-32 Norton Spare Parts List, that can be seen in the picture - and as you can see, we have even replicated the cover of the cover, as well as smaller details like the original phone lines of that period and printer details on rear cover!.  This is then only original copy of this rare edition I have ever seen, and although it was in very good original condition (and fetch premium prices at auction) - as we do with all our facsimile Norton literature - we have gone to great efforts to remove any defects (i.e. thumb prints or staining) before printing the final copy.

Also, as with all our Pre-War facimile Spart Parts Lists - we have produced these on high quality paper/card, in duplex, as per original - but we have produced them in a larger 'A4' format.  We do this because pre-war, Norton's had not started using 'exploded' diagrams, instead showing all parts as a tiny picture.  By magnifying these pictures to A4 size it makes those pictures far easier to read.

As a final point - I personally find these early Spare Parts Lists fascinating and a good read in themselves.  As well as showing rare optional features such as legshields or original mudguard profiles - comparing the pictures and part numbers with later editions of the parts lists give a great insight in to how the single cylinder models evolved.

Note that this spare parts calalog says on the cover it covers 'CS1 and ES2 models.  However on the inner front page it also mentions Model 30 and Model 40 models.  It does not however cover the Side Valve models (and although it covers ES2 OHV, it does not specifically mention differces between that and the Model 18).  It is worth pointing out though that for this year I have never seen a Spare Parts List for the SV/Mod 18 models (unlike the earlier 1928/29 editions, where there were definitely 2 different catalogs).  By the time of the next spare parts catalog I am aware of (1934), Norton's had amalgameted all single cylinder models into a single Spare Parts catalog (see our Facsimile section for all types we offer - although we have some pre-war mainitenance and Roadholder editions we are yet to offer) 

Catalogs of these early models are very rare, but this is a particularly nice reproduction - with all marks and wear from the original carefully removed from the original Norton catalog, which was used as the basis for this reproduction (and can be seen in the listing photographs). This reproduction also includes the even more hard to find 4 page supplement provided with later copies, that covers OHV models subsequent to 1929 - Models 18.19,21 and 24 for OHV and 1, 2, 14 and 16H for SV.  This supplement is normally missing or was not supplied with the main catalog (in fact I bought a second and expensive copy of the original some years after the first - just to check, as my first version did not have it).

The supplement is provided as a sepeate 4 page pullout, just as the original was, but again in A4 and with any wear and oily marks to it carefully removed.

The catalog is 31 pages (with picture plates) + 4 additional supplement pages, and as an aside, is an interesting read in its own right - particularly as it shows good quality pictures of these early models, including variations, which allows you to compare parts with the later models and see how the single cylinder machines evolved.

Note: it seems that Norton produced two Spare Parts Catalogs for this period - one version covering the 'Standard' type OHV and SV machines, and a second catalog covering the 'Sports/Racing' CS1 (Walter Moore) SOHC engine and ES2 (sports type) OHV moels - the SOHC model having just been introduced at the time - this catalog is the one covering the CS1/ES2 models. 

I am fortunate to have original copies for each catalogs and have reproduced both.  the SV/OHV catalog is Item 0893.  If you do not wish to purchase both - but are not sure which catalog will cover your own machine:  The CS1/ES2 catalog covers mainly the sports/racing parts of that period - i.e. SOHC Walter Moore engine in full detail, Webb Forks only, 3 tube full cradle frame and sportier tanks and fittings for the CS1/ES2 models.  The tandard roadgoing OHV/SV models, i.e. open frame and slightly different oil tanks, carbs, magnetos, leg shields etc.

Having compared both catalogs back to back, there is a small amount of overlap - but overall it is suprising how many parts (including part numbers) are different between the two model ranges.

As an incentive to anyone unsure which to order - if both catalogs are ordered at the same time we will offer a £3 discount on the total price of both catalogs - please remind Steph of this at the time you place the order!


Pre-War Facsimile Catalogs: Additional Information

We print these pre-war catalogs in larger format as they did not use 'Exploded' diagrams - therefore A4 format makes the pictures much easier to see.  All else as per original - see detail information for more information. 

 As with all the facsimile catalogs we produce, much effort has been taken to remove any defects from the original copy - i.e. smudge marks, finger prints etc, and as you can see from the photographs, the overall yellow fading that is prevelent in most original pre-war catalogs has been removed - resulting in a high quality reproduction with all the original parts numbers, artwork and descriptions easily legible.

However, while the original Spare Parts Catalogs were printed in an approximate A5 format (i.e. 8 3/4" tall by 5 3/4" wide) format, we produce these facsimile's in A4 format (i.e. 11 3/4" tall by 8 1/4" wide).  We do this because pre-war catalogs had not started to use the now common concept of an 'exploded' diagram.  Instead every item was shown as a very small picture on its own (see pictures listed with this item to see what we mean).  We have found that from a restorer's perspective - enlarging these diagrams to A4 format makes them much clearer to identify than looking at the picture in the original format with a magnifying glass!

It is printed on high quality 100gm branded Xerox paper/card on a commercial quality printer. The cover is card, of similar quality to the original - with the colour also similar to the original year.  You may find other cheaper reproductions on Ebay, but I doubt they will be the same quality as ours and have the time spent cleaning them up from the originals as ours have - which is reflected in the price 



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