2017-09-08 at 10:40 pm #16846
The Mark III or Norton Commando Mk3 850 cc was the last motorcycle Norton ever made before it went into receivership by the end of the 70s. It would be at least a decade before the iconic British motorcycle manufacturer would be revived, which in whole was a result of cheaper and more reliable UNIVERSAL JAPANESE MOTORCYCLES coming into the scene. These bikes were among the most famous and widely bought Norton-Villiers motorcycles. The bikes had that unmistakable British appeal and build and were powered by OHV Pre-Unit Parallel Twin engines. From 1967 to 1973, the Commando was available in a 750cc displacement while 1973 onwards, it got a bigger 850cc mill. The brilliance of the Norton Commando was so much so that the bike had won the prestigious “Machine of the Year” award by Motor Cycle News for a staggering five successive years starting from 1968 to 1972.
This incredible machine that has just arrived at Legend Motors with a very racing incline. Powered by an 850 parallel twin engine and electric starter means that this is an Mk3 850 Commando from the 1975-1977 timeline. Complete with a racing semi faring, with an absolutely brilliant paint scheme that has Johnny Walker livery in a subtle and classy way. With this, Legend Motors continues to curate some of the finest classic and vintage motorcycles in their correct period form appeal and impeccable eye to detail. No wonder, it is always a delight to talk about the work done by Christophe and his highly skilled team at this tiny little but pretty awesome collector paradise at District of Lille’s premium market streets.
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