1964 Norton 745cc Atlas Frame no. 20/108200 Engine no. 20/108200

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Lot 16
1964 Norton 745cc Atlas
Registration no. 177 HUU Frame no. 20/108200 Engine no. 20/108200

Sold for £ 4,025 (US$ 5,360) inc. premium
1964 Norton 745cc Atlas
Registration no. 177 HUU
Frame no. 20/108200
Engine no. 20/108200
'When it was launched the Atlas was hailed as a machine that would accelerate from 10mph to more than 100mph in top gear, and 20 years later the bike remains capable of squirting past most vehicles at the flick of the rider's right wrist.' – Mike Nicks, Classic Bike magazine, 1988.

First seen in prototype form in 1962, the 745cc Atlas represented the biggest stretch yet applied to Norton's parallel twin engine. Built for export only initially - home market deliveries commenced in 1964 - the Alas was fundamentally a larger-engined version of the existing 650SS, using the same Featherbed frame/Roadholder fork cycle parts. Contemporary road tests typically recorded a top speed in the region of 115-120mph with fuel consumption approaching 60 miles per gallon. The arrival of the similar-capacity but Isolastic-framed Commando in 1967 spelled the end for the Atlas, which disappeared from the Norton range towards the end of 1968. Almost the last of Norton's traditional Featherbed-framed twins (the 650cc version lasted into 1970) this muscular road-burner is today highly sought after by discerning collectors.

First registered in March 1964 and acquired by the current vendor's father in 1978, this particular Atlas is offered with expired MoT certificate/tax disc (1978) and old/current Swansea V5/V5C registration documents.

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1964 Norton 745cc Atlas Frame no. 20/108200 Engine no. 20/108200
1964 Norton 745cc Atlas Frame no. 20/108200 Engine no. 20/108200
1964 Norton 745cc Atlas Frame no. 20/108200 Engine no. 20/108200
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