1973 Norton 850 Commando , Frame no. 301058 Engine no. 301058

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Lot 133
1973 Norton 850 Commando ,
Frame no. 301058 Engine no. 301058

Sold for US$ 8,625 inc. premium
1973 Norton 850 Commando

Frame no. 301058
Engine no. 301058
The Commando's vibration beating Isolastic frame enabled Norton Villiers successfully to prolong the life of their ageing parallel twin. Launched in 1967, 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 in 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. Introduced in 1973, the 850 (actually 829cc) featured a larger bore, through-bolted cylinder block, stronger gearbox casting and an all-metal clutch among a host of other, more minor improvements. The extra capacity provided the 850 with even more mid-range urge, and the model would continue as the sole Commando after 1975 when the MkIII was introduced. An electric starter was the major MkIII innovation, while other upgrades included a rear disc brake, left-side gear lever, right-side rear brake lever and an automatic primary chain tensioner.
The previous owner of the Commando we have here made the engine and transmission rebuilt by Thunder Road classic Cycles in Georgia. Since the rebuilt, the engine ran for about 3100 miles. Over $8000 of engine rebuilt receipts will be given to the buyer. The bike also features a 12 volt 'Boyer-Bransden' ignition and some new English Roadmaster Avon tires.

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1973 Norton 850 Commando , Frame no. 301058 Engine no. 301058
1973 Norton 850 Commando , Frame no. 301058 Engine no. 301058
1973 Norton 850 Commando , Frame no. 301058 Engine no. 301058
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