The Unapproachable Norton

1973 Norton Commando Roadster 850

1973 Norton Commando Roadster 850
Odometer: 1737
Engine Number: 304203 Frame Number: 304203
$14,000 - $18,000

Proper Metal

The origins of the Norton Commando can be traced back to the late 1940s when the 497cc (30.3cu in) Norton Model 7 Twin was designed by Bert Hopwood. The twin-cylinder design evolved into the 600cc and then 650cc Dominator and 750cc Atlas before being launched as the 750cc Commando in 1967. As well as having a radical new frame, the Commando’s engine was tilted forward. This was relatively easy as the engine was ‘pre-unit’, that is, the gearbox was not integral with the crankcase, and the change gave three benefits: (I) the centre of gravity was moved further forward; (ii) this allowed more space behind the carburettors for the airbox; and (iii) it gave an attractive raked appearance to the motorcycle. This particular example offers the metal roadster tank and side covers which have been repainted in base coat and clear coat. Overall, the machine is in excellent running condition with the Mikuni upgrade carb. The bike fires right up and the clutch, brakes, gears, lights and flashers all work as they are intended to do. The exhaust pipes and mufflers are also in excellent condition. The tyres are like new and the bike has been fitted with Akront rims. It has 17,324 miles on the clock and this is believed to be correct. Recently imported and prepared for sale, this machine is in good running order.

Auction March 2013
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