SPAIN. Thermal ATM issues  2OO2 T58 (66)
Historic motorbikes (2). Norton, 1936 (CASC)
Date of issue :
February 2002 (1st. know date : 14.02.02)
47 x 27 mm. - Format type 2
Paper :
Thermal self adhesive - multicoloured 
Imprint :
Thermal on black
Imprint varieties : 2+2 (Epelsa with 5 and 4 digits small and large)
Values / Set :
0,01 € to 99,99 € / Set values P.S.: 0,20-0,25-0,50 €
Design and Printer :
RCM-FNMT. Real Casa de la Moneda - Fábrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre
Printing :
50.000.000 of labels
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Second issue of the ATM set dedicated to historic motorcycles and first great error in the ATM issues in Spain ; Despite the text included, the picture in the stamp is certainly not a Norton motorcycle, and not a 1936 model neither ... It's a 125 cc. NARCLA motorcycle manufactured in Girona (Catalunya - Spain) in 1953 ...
NARCLA model 4-A
As showed in the image, the NORTON models in 1936 looked very different.
The picture show also a 2 stroke machine, and NORTON have never made a 2 stroke ...

NORTON model 30 International 450 cc, 1936

James Lansdowne Norton founded the Norton manufacturing Co. in 1898 to manufacture chains and other bicycle items. The first Norton motorcycle was manufactured in 1902, when they put a French Clement engine into a frame of his own design.

Although Norton himself died in 1925, the company's 350 cc and 500 cc single cylinder motorcycles went on to win several TT races in the 20's and 30's. Norton met further success in the late 40's due to the development of the 500 cc Dominator Twin engine. 

The first NORTON motorcycles

The British company changed hands along the years, in the '60s appeared the Atlas, the 750 cc version of the Dominator. The Norton Commando was released in 1967 ; with the 750 cc and 850 cc models was to become the flagship model of the Norton Motorcycle Company for ten years.

In the mid-70's the Norton Company ran into financial trouble, and was merged with the Triumph/BSA company to form NVT (Norton-Villers-Triumph).

The ATM image show the reproduction of a motorbike in the Museu de l'Automòbil / Col.lecció d'Automòbils de Salvador Claret - CASC (Car Museum / Salvador Claret's Car Collection) in Sils, Girona, Catalunya.

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