1975 Norton Commando 850cc Interstate Mk III
Registration no. KWV 453N
Frame no. 330584
Engine no. 330584
Launched in 1967, the Norton 'Commando' suffered at first from rather odd imaging with a green blob replacing the revered maker's name on the tank. The Commando's DNA came from the Norton Dominator's 500cc parallel twin unit of the 1940's, successively enlarged to 850cc and mounted in the Bauer-designed 'Isolastic' frame, tilted forward for improved weight distribution and with the engine and separate gearbox rubber-mounted, Sunbeam S7-style, in order to tame the vibration familiar to every Norton 'Featherbed' owner. Initially not without troubles, the concept was successfully developed through racing from the original 'Fastback' through 'Roadster' and 'Interpol' variants while manufacture was moved around the country in the wake of the industry's collapse, finally concentrating in Wolverhampton under Norton-Villiers. The result was a reliable and well-liked fast tourer, with the final variant featuring an electric starter and left-side gear-change to put it in line with other makers. KWV 453N is a matching-numbers Interstate to that final Wolverhampton specification, brought to auction by its mature owner as a result of increasing years, with only 13,000 miles or so on the clock. Bought in 1996, circumstances have dictated that the Interstate has been very little used, though always 'kept up to scratch' - including the fitting of Grimeca brake calipers - and carefully maintained, recently having undergone a full service, ultrasonic carburettor clean and MOT. This lovely Norton, among the last of its breed, should need nothing other than the normal checks before returning to the road. Offered with V5.
- The registration is KWU 453N