One of the most famous motorcycles ever produced, the Norton Manx is rich with history. With both 350cc and 500cc versions built, the Manx’s racing pedigree runs deep. Featuring such advancements as telescopic forks and engines with overhead cams (both single and double), the Manx was a competitive machine at the Isle of Man TT. But 1950 saw a significant advancement for the Manx when the Featherbed frame was developed. The new frame was light and gave the Manx a shorter wheelbase for quicker handling, plus it incorporated a swingarm rear suspension that provided a smoother ride and was the impetus behind the chassis’ Featherbed nickname. A shorter-stroke engine for 1953 gave the Manx a higher rev ceiling, but the factory pulled out of Grand Prix racing the following year. However, that didn’t stop numerous tuners to continue developing and racing the bike. Among the Manx’s many claims to fame, in 1969 Godfrey Nash rode one to victory at the Yugoslavian Grand Prix, marking the last time a 500cc race would be won by a single-cylinder machine.