1972 Norton 745cc Commando Fastback
Registration no. GRF 10K
Frame no. 152980
Engine no. 20M3S 152772
The Commando's vibration-beating Isolastic frame enabled Norton Villiers to successfully prolong the life of their ageing parallel twin. Launched in 1967, with production commencing in 1968, the Commando used the preceding Featherbed-framed Atlas model's 750cc engine and AMC gearbox, and was an instant hit with the motorcycling public, being voted Motor Cycle News 'Machine of the Year' for five consecutive years. It might have been a little down on top speed compared to rivals such as BSA-Triumph's 750cc triples and Honda's CB750 four, but the Commando more than made up for this minor deficiency with superior mid-range torque and steadier handling. The sole model available initially became the 'Fastback', so called because of its streamlined seat cowl, when the range was extended by the addition of a more sporting, though conventionally styled, 'S' version in 1969.
Dating from the penultimate year of 750 Fastback production, the example offered here has the disc front brake introduced mid-way through 1972. Acquired by the vendor in October 1993, the machine is offered with Swansea V5 document.
- The Engine no. is 20M3S 152771